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Trainer Kenny McPeek is considering a run in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Flashy American after the 4-year-old filly won Saturday night’s 30th running of the $111,400 Locust Grove at Churchill Downs.
Donegal Racing’s unbeaten Cleburne, a 34-1 longshot making just the second start of his young career, rallied from eighth to grab the lead near the finish and then held off a furious late surge by stablemate Smart Cover to win the 32nd running of the $173,250 Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds by a head on Saturday night at...
Untapable remained perfect in two starts with a determined half-length victory over Stonetastic in Saturday night’s 45th running of the Grade II, $168,150 Pocahontas at Churchill Downs.
Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned, reigning winner of the Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) and a dominant winner of the Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster Handicap (GI), returned to the track at Churchill Downs on Saturday to resume his preparations for bid for a second consecutive victory in the Classic at Santa Anita.
While budding 2-year-old stars will be on display in two of the four stakes races set for Saturday’s “College Rivalry Night” of “Downs After Dark” night racing program of Churchill Downs’ new September Meet, veteran stars will be in the spotlight for the evening’s other major events: the $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) and the $100,000-added Locust Grove.
The Road to the Kentucky Derby and Road to the Kentucky Oaks kick-off in prime time under the lights Saturday at Churchill Downs as the legendary Louisville racetrack enters into its a first foray of September racing since 1890.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) and Levy Restaurants are delighted to name David Danielson as the new Executive Chef of the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.
Many of North America’s most promising 2-year-old colts and fillies have been nominated to compete in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and $150,000-added Iroquois (GIII), two of four stakes races scheduled for Saturday, Sept.
Area college students will be the benefactors of Churchill Downs’ first Downs After Dark nighttime racing and entertainment event during the track’s inaugural September Meet.
Churchill Downs Racetrack officials announced Friday that 34 races will be included in the 2013-14 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, including 16 significant events that comprise the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” over the 10 weeks that precede the first Saturday in May.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) plans to enhance the patron experience for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs Wraps Up Spring Meet Highlighted by Derby & Oaks Week, Downs After Dark, Record-Smashing Ramseys
The 2013 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) that began with memorable victories by Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Representatives of the breast cancer outreach organization Horses & Hope and Louisville’s Dare to Care food bank accepted charitable donations totaling more than $100,000 from Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) on Sunday, June 30 as the historic track wrapped-up its 38-day Spring Meet.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Awesome Flower took the lead approaching the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course, kicked away to lead by as many as four lengths and was hand-ridden inside the sixteenth-pole to win the $46,871 feature at Churchill Downs by 2 ½ lengths on closing day of the 38-day Spring Meet.
‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN
Tim O’Donohue’s Debt Ceiling, the lone juvenile with stakes experience in the field of seven 2-year-olds, swept to the lead midway around the turn and drew off to a 2 ¾-length win over Hollywood Talent in the 112th running of the $107,700 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
GROUPIE DOLL GETS BACK TO WORK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
Groupie Doll, last year’s champion female sprinter, appeared on the worktab for the first time this year and breezed a bullet three furlongs in :35.80 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.
Churchill Downs’ final Downs After Dark of the 38-day Spring Meet is Saturday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern) and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.