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Racing returns to historic Churchill Downs on Thursday, May 6 after a four-day break that followed memorable renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands and the Kentucky Oaks with a 10-race program highlighted by large carryover pools in both its Pick 6 and Super Hi-5 wagers.
HURRICANE IKE WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:00.40 -- Ike and Dawn Thrash’s The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (Grade III) winner Hurricane Ike tuned up for a planned run in the Preakness (GI) with a five-furlong work in 1:00.40 under Calvin Borel after the renovation break Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.
SUPER SAVER (first), MISSION IMPAZIBLE (ninth), DEVIL MAY CARE (10th), DISCREETLY MINE (13th) – It was shortly after 5 a.m. on Sunday following Kentucky Derby 136 and trainer Todd Pletcher was at his barn and overseeing his first set of horses as they readied for gallops on a stormy spring morning.
A weather-related power outage has prompted Churchill Downs officials to cancel the simulcast wagering schedule at Trackside Louisville on Sunday, May 2.
A lightning strike during an overnight thunderstorm left the off-track betting facility at 4520 Poplar Level Road completely without power and the service cannot be restored in time to conduct Sunday’s simulcast wagering schedule.
WinStar Farm’s Super Saver, benefiting from a ground-saving ride by Calvin Borel, held off a late bid from Ice Box to win the 136th running of the $2,185,200 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands on Saturday afternoon by 2 ½ lengths before a crowd of 155,804 at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Michael Talla’s Mona de Momma rallied from the back of the pack to win the 24th running of $336,900 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length over Pretty Prolific.
Phola Goes From Last to First to Win Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Graydon Patterson and Partners’ Phola rallied from last place in a field of seven to post a 1 1/4-length victory over Hot Cha Cha in the $223,200 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile Presented by American Commercial Lines (GII) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 1, 2010) – Avalon Farms’ Buckleupbuettercup rallied from far off the pace to win the $110,700 Eight Belles (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by 6 ¼ lengths over Visavis on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Eddie Kenneally and ridden by Julien Leparoux, Buckleupbuttercup covered the 7 ½ furlongs on a sloppy track in 1:29.49.
BLIND LUCK (winner) – Friday’s Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Blind Luck came out of her race in fine shape and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer now can set his sights on a second half of 2010 goal for his star filly. Blind Luck captured the Oaks by a nose with a furious finish under Rafael Bejarano.
Mark DeDomenico, John Carver, Peter Abruzzo and Jerry Hollendorfer's Blind Luck outgamed Evening Jewel in a deep stretch duel to win the 136th running of the $584,300 Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies by a nose on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs before a record Kentucky Oaks Day crowd of 116,046.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – WinStar Farm’s Doubles Partner swept past the pace-setting Lost Aptitude at the three-sixteenths pole en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Asphalt in the 19th running of the $200,550 American Turf (GII) for 3-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Jay Em Ess Stable’s Arson Squad, ridden by Paco Lopez, rolled to an authoritative 2 ¼-length victory over Flying Private to win the seventh running of the $169,650 Alysheba (GIII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Michael Dubb and the High Grade Racing Stable’s Silver Timber rallied from off a blistering pace to win the 16th running of the $119,100 Churchill Downs Turf Sprint (GIII) by a neck over Chamberlain Bridge in track-record time over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Dogwood Stable’s Lou Brissie surged past favored Twelve Pack Shelly inside the eighth pole and then held off a late bid from Boys At Tosconova to win the 22nd running of the $110,300 Kentucky Juvenile (GIII) on by 1 ½ lengths Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, April 30, 2010) – Peter Vegso and Gary Seidler’s Unrivaled Belle outdueled reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra by a head to win the 25th running of the $418,800 La Troienne (GII) on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Kent Desormeaux and trained by Bill Mott, Unrivaled Belle covered the 1 1/16 miles on a fast main track in 1:42.97.
AMERICAN LION – WinStar Farm’s Illinois Derby (GIII) winner American Lion had a routine gallop Friday morning. Trainer Eoin Harty said the Tiznow colt will walk early Saturday morning.
AMERICAN LION – Trainer Eoin Harty sent WinStar Farm’s American Lion out Thursday for a routine morning of schooling in the gate and galloping a mile and a half.
Churchill Downs to Honor 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra with 'First Lady of Oaks' Designation at Oaks 136
Continuing one of the newest traditions of the Kentucky Oaks, Churchill Downs will honor Kentucky Oaks winner Rachel Alexandra as the 2010 First Lady of Oaks.
IEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables' Court Vision, earner of $1,837,430 and a three-time Grade I winner on the grass, heads a field nine entered to compete in Saturday's 24th running of the $500,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.