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Dark Cove grabbed the lead with a quarter mile to run and held off late charges by Atigun and Najjaar to win the 76th running of the Grade III, $111,800 Louisville Handicap by a half-length on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
GOLDEN SOUL WORK POSTPONED, LIKELY TO WORK MIDWEEK
Wesley Ward’s Judy the Beauty, runner-up in last year’s Prioress (Grade I) and an easy winner this spring at Keeneland, tops a competitive field of seven fillies and mares entered for the 10th running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.
WILKES LOOKING TO ‘RESTART’ FORT LARNED’S YEAR IN STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has unveiled fashion and décor themes for two of its trio of “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing celebrations scheduled for the final three Saturdays in June, and is turning to its fans to choose the theme for the third.
LUKAS STILL SMILING AFTER ‘GRATIFYING’ VICTORY BY OXBOW
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 23, 2013) – Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas was still in high spirits at his barn at Churchill Downs on Thursday, five days after Oxbow’s 1 ¾-length victory in the Preakness (Grade I) at odds of more than 15-1.
Dark Cove, 4 ¼-length winner of the Elkhorn (Grade II) in his most recent start, tops a field of nine 3-year-olds and up entered for Saturday’s 76th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at 1 ½ miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
ALL SMILES AT BARN 44 ON SUNDAY AFTER PREAKNESS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 19, 2013) – There were nothing but smiles on the faces of those working in D. Wayne Lukas’ barn at Churchill Downs on the Sunday morning following Oxbow’s upset victory in the Preakness (Grade I).
Treasured Up, third in the Grade III Regret last fall, collected the first stakes win of her 12-race career with a come-from-behind victory Saturday in the inaugural $64,652 Keertana at Churchill Downs, narrowly defeating 5-2 favorite Qushchi-GB by a head.
Jockey Rosie Napravnik is in the midst of her first full meet at Churchill Downs, but will take a break from riding beneath the Twin Spires this weekend to head to Pimlico Race Course, where she achieved her first victory nearly eight years ago.
Several Churchill Downs trainers are picking Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner Orb to win Saturday’s Preakness (GI) and are expecting the Malibu Moon colt to head to Belmont with a shot to become racing’s 12th Triple Crown winner.
With trainer Al Stall Jr. and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. watching from the grandstand, Illinois Derby (Grade III) winner Departing worked a half-mile in :50.40 over a fast track at Churchill Downs on Sunday morning.
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s homebred Good Deed, making her turf debut, took the lead out of the gate under Shaun Bridgmohan and cruised to a 4 1/4-length victory over Palazzo Babe in the $64,418 Unbridled Sidney for fillies and mares Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute, the fifth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), is a go for the Preakness.
Gary and Mary West’s Power Broker grabbed the lead at the top of stretch and drew off to a 2 1/2-length victory in the $51,384 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Power Broker completed the 1 1/16 miles on a sloppy track in 1:44.59.
GoldMark Farm and Whisper Hill Farm’s Mylute galloped 1 ½ miles under Maurice Sanchez shortly after the track opened for training Friday morning. A decision on the Preakness status of the fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher will be made tomorrow morning.
Peter Callahan’s Hitechnoweenie surged to the front at the head of the stretch en route to a 5 ¼-length victory over favored Pedestrian in the $50,936 feature for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Seven weeks after capping off his 27th birthday with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Fort Larned, jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. was on a roll at Fair Grounds with four victories from eight mounts.
Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable’s Orb rallied from far off the pace to take command in mid-stretch en route to a 2 ½-length victory over longshot Golden Soul to win the 139th running of the $2,174,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) before a crowd of 151,616 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Morton Fink’s homebred star Wise Dan overwhelmed six rivals to win the 27th running of the $546,400 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I), by 4 ¾ lengths over Optimizer at Churchill Downs.