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Departing Works Half-Mile for Stephen Foster; Tapiture Returns In Matt Winn

Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Departing, whose strong 3-year-old campaign included a run in the Preakness Stakes (Grade I) and wins in three derbies, completed his serious preparation Monday for his bid for Saturday night’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) <

Churchill Downs Announces Six 2014 Downs After Dark Racing Dates

The Fourth Annual White Party fashions the Stephen Foster Handicap

into a night of casual elegance and entertainment

 

Will Take Charge Assigned High Weight for Saturday's Stephen Foster 'Cap

Reigning 3-year-old champion Will Take Charge looms as the starting high weight in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I) after being assigned a 123-pound impost for the race by Churchill Downs Racing Secretary Ben Huffman.

Honey Hues Takes Inside Route to Early Times Mint Julep Upset

Honey Hues, a 13-1 longshot ridden by Jesus Castanon, tracked the pace set by Maid On a Mission before she moved to the front on the far turn and then held off a late charge by I’m Already Sexy to score a three-quarter length victory in Saturday’s 38th running of the Grade III, $110,400 Early Times Mint Julep Handica

Johnson Celebrates 1000th Win; Will Take Charge, Golden Ticket Work Toward Foster

The northwestern Kentucky town of Spottsville, located on the Green River with  Owensboro to the East and Henderson to the West, is so small that it does not currently have a post office.

Watch California Chrome's Belmont Stakes, Triple Crown Bid on Churchill Downs' Big Board

Churchill Downs fans who hope to see Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years will cheer the final jewel of the three-race series while watching the race on the track’s spectacular Big Board during Saturday’s celebration of Belmont Stakes Day at the home of the Kentucky Derby

Napravnik Says General A Rod Could Run Big With Clean Belmont Trip; Will Take Charge, Revolutionary Top Foster Noms

Of those attempting to deny California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (Grade I) is General a Rod for trainer Mike Maker, who will be ridden by Churchill Downs based jockey Rosie Napravnik.

Miz Ida Seeks Repeat Win in Early Times Mint Julep Handicap

The lime and black racing colors of one of the first families of Churchill Downs’ racing community will be prominent Saturday at the Louisville track when Richard and Bertram Klein’s Miz Ida bids for a second consecutive victory in the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep (Grade III), the featured live racing event on a program that also celeb

Collmus Ready for Career Call in Saturday's Belmont Stakes

The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Preakness (GI) winner California Chrome aren’t the only ones who are anticipating the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be the biggest day of their careers.

Delaunay Back to Winning Ways, Prevails in Aristides by 3 1/2 Lengths

Maggi MossDelaunay took the lead on the far turn and widened the margin in the stretch to win Saturday’s 26th running of the $112,900 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 3 ½ lengths over defending champ Scatman.

Medal Count Breezes; General a Rod Confirmed for Belmont Stakes

Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI).

Fiftyshadesofgold Clocks Final Work Before Grade I Acorn

The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Eight Belles (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed a half mile in :49.60 Friday morning in her final workout before shipping to Belmont Park for the $750,000 Acorn (Grade I) on June 7.

Medal Count to Work Saturday Before Shipping to Belmont Stakes

Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will work Saturday under the Twin Spires before shipping to Belmont Park next Thursday where he will try to spoil the Triple Crown hopes of California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 7.

Mico Margarita Faces Stiffer Test in Saturday's Grade III Aristides

J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Mico Margarita, the romping 8 ¾-length winner of the $60,000 Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start, headlines a field of nine 3-year-olds and up that were entered for Saturday’s 26th running of the $100,000 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

3-Year-Old Filly Southern Honey Whips Elders in Grade III Winning Colors

Ashbrook Farm’s Southern Honey tracked pacesetter Socialbug throughout and inched clear inside the final sixteenth of a mile to beat that rival by 1 ½ lengths in Monday’s 11th running of the $110,000 Winning Colors (Grade III) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.

Kentucky Oaks Winner Untapable Returns to Work, Mother Goose Up Next

In her first work since capturing the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 under the Twin Spires on Monday morning in preparation for the June 28 Mother Goose (GI) at Belmont Park.

Byrne Targets Almost Famous to Matt Winn After Impressive Score

After an impressive 7 ¾-length victory defeating older horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Almost Famous will be pointed to the $100,000-added Matt Winn (Grade III) on Saturday, June 14.

RACE DAY NOTES: Apropos, Stall Set for Winning Colors; On Fire Baby to Fleur De Lis

THE WAIT IS OVER FOR APROPOS, STALL IN MONDAY’S WINNING COLORS - Fresh off of a third-place effort in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Apropos will bid for her first graded stakes victory in Monday’s $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

War Dancer Turns Back Suntracer to Win Thrilling 77th Louisville Handicap in Stakes Record Time

Magdalena Racing and Diamond M StablesWar Dancer grabbed leaving the final turn and turned back a fierce late charge from Suntracer to win Saturday’s 77th running of the $110,200 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) by a head at Churchill Downs.

Commanding Curve Clocks Churchill Work Before Belmont

West Point ThoroughbredsCommanding Curve worked five furlongs early Friday morning at Churchill Downs in :59.80 for trainer Dallas Stewart in preparation for a rematch with Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.