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While the journey of seven-time Grade I winner Game On Dude to Churchill Downs for Friday’s $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) has been much discussed, another Clark hope will ship to the track with much less fanfare on Tuesday.
A field of nine fillies and mares, led by Grade II winners Don’t Tell Sophia and Fiftyshadesofhay, has been entered for the 98th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.
Eclipse Award hopeful Game On Dude worked a strong four furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday and afterward trainer Bob Baffert said his seven-time Grade I stakes winner would ship to Churchill Downs on Wednesday to compete in Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare
Maribel Ruelas’ Potomac River, the longest shot in the field of 10 three-year-olds and up, made a bold five-wide move on the far turn and rolled to a two-length victory over Set the Sail in the 36th running of the $116,300 River City Handicap (Grade III) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
A trio of contenders for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) took advantage of Saturday morning’s dry weather and a fast track to turn in their final works in preparation for the premiere race of Churchill Downs’ 25-day Fall Meet.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, a top contender for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Nov. 30, was on the Churchill Downs track the instant it opened at 6 a.m. (all times EST) on Friday for his final work for next week’s race.
The prospective field for the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) now includes another Grade I winner following trainer Kenny McPeek’s decision to run Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket in the Nov. 29 race.
As it engages ongoing competitive challenges that include gaming-enhanced purses at other racetracks and continued growth of casino competition in its home region, Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) has announced a reduction in purses that will affect four races scheduled during the eight days remaining in the 25-day Fall Meet that continues through Saturday, Nov. 30.
An overflow field of 15 horses, led by defending champ Keep Up and starting high weight Daddy Nose Best, has been entered for Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Game On Dude is reported to be doing well following his disappointing run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday that it was “all systems go” for a journey by his veteran to Churchill Downs for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) on Friday, Nov. 29.
'Dude,' Will Take Charge Top Clark, Oaks Winner Believe You Can Heads Falls City as Nominees for Final Fall Stakes Released
A showdown between two of the top stars in American racing looms at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Emotional Kitten overcame early struggles with the “good” turf course and found her best footing late to run down versatile New York-bred Effie Trinket and win Saturday night’s 23rd running of the $205,100 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) by a half-length before a crowd of 12,222 at Churchill Downs.
Canadian invader River Seven, racing for the first time south of his home country’s border, wore down Frac Daddy near the finish under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan to score a half-length victory over 11 rivals in the 10th running of the $115,400 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the grass Sa
Sycamore Stable’s Nellie Cashman got her first view of the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs on Friday morning when she galloped around the Louisville track in preparation for her run in Saturday evening’s $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) for 3-year-old fillies on the turf.
Canada’s legendary Sam-Son Farm has enjoyed some wonderful moments beneath Churchill Downs’ famed Twin Spires, but it has been some time since its distinctive red silks with gold sleeves have visited the winner’s circle after a major race here.
1. Admission gates for “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” will open Saturday at 3 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the first of 10 races will begin at 4:30 p.m. The final race will be 9:08 p.m. and the on-track party will continue in Club 140 until 10:30 p.m.
Magic City Thoroughbreds’ Frac Daddy, a disappointing 16th on the first Saturday in May in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Full Field of 14 3-Year-Old Fillies Entered for 'Downs After Dark's" Wide-Open, Grade II Mrs. Revere
Graded stakes winners I’m Already Sexy, Nellie Cashman and Tapicat headline an ultra-competitive and full field of 14 three-year-old fillies that were entered to contest Saturday night’s 23rd running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Jockey Calvin Borel, a three-time winner of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and a 2013 inductee into the Thoroughbred racing Hall of Fame, will take the rest of the year off as he continues his recovery from injuries suffered in an October riding mishap at Keeneland Race Course.