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Mine That Bird Works Bullet Five Furlongs at Churchill Downs

Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, working in company with Bird Empire, drilled five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs.

Rachel Alexandra, Blame Reported Well After Impressive Wins on Foster Day

CHAMPION RACHEL ALEXANDRA WELL AFTER FLEUR DE LIS VICTORY – Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra was reported by trainer Steve Asmussen to be doing well on Sunday following her 10 ½-length victory in the $200,000-added Fleur De Lis Handicap (Grade II) on the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) undercard.

Blame Soars in Stretch To Turn Back Battle Plan and Win Grade I Stephen Foster

Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Blame unleashed a furious drive in the final eighth of a mile to surge past favored Battle Plan by three-quarters of a length to win the 29th running of the $671,700 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Caminadora Takes Regret to Give Pletcher Third Stakes Win on Stephen Foster Day

Starlight Partners’ Caminadora emerged from a six-horse scramble for the lead at the eighth pole to win the 41st running of the $145,250 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies by three-quarters of a length over the fast-closing Snow Top Mountain on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Stubborn Colizeo Survives Duel With Worldly To Win Jefferson Cup

Wertheimer and Frere’s Colizeo outlasted Worldly by a neck after a stretch-long battle to win the 13th running of the $136,375 Northern Dancer (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

The race was a near repeat of when the two colts met here last fall as 2-year-olds in their third career starts with Worldly edging Colizeo by a nose.

Gleam Of Hope Upsets in Grade III Jefferson Cup

A.C. and Clare Asbury’s Gleam of Hope rallied from last place in the field of nine to upset the field in scoring a half-length victory over Psychic Income in the 35th running of the $112,300 Jefferson Cup (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.ridden by E.T.

A Gleam Of Hope Upsets in Grade III Jefferson Cup

A.C. and Clare Asbury’s Gleam of Hope rallied from last place in the field of nine to upset the field in scoring a half-length victory over Psychic Income in the 35th running of the $112,300 Jefferson Cup (GIII) for 3-year-olds on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.ridden by E.T.

Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Romps to First Win of the Year in Fleur De Lis

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra shrugged off a challenge from Distinctive Dixie at the head of the stretch and cruised to a 10 ½-length victory in the 36th running of the $214,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Vodika Collins, Kaelin Got Stephen Foster Started

VODIKA COLLINS, KAELIN GOT STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP OFF AND RUNNING – Saturday’s 29th running of the Stephen Foster Handicap carries Grade I status and a $600,000-added pot.

Trainer Forrest Kaelin claims foul.

“I used to tell (former Churchill Downs president) Tom Meeker I got short-changed,” Kaelin said with a laugh. “The race was just $50,000 then.”

Proctor Hopes To Keep Regret In the Family with Snow Top Mountain

PROCTOR HOPES TO KEEP REGRET ALL IN THE FAMILY – Last year, trainer Tom Proctor secured his second victory in the Regret Stakes (GIII) when Keertana upset the field.\

n Saturday, Proctor will go for a repeat with Keertana’s half-sister, Snow Top Mountain. Both fillies are homebreds, owned by Barbara Hunter.

Breeders' Cup Selects Churchill Downs To Host 2011 World Championships

For the first time in its history the Breeders’ Cup World Championships will be held at Churchill Downs, Inc (“CDI”) in consecutive years as officials from Breeders’ Cup Ltd, Churchill Downs and Commonwealth of Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear made the announcement at a news conference this morning at the racetrack.

Duke of Mischief Takes Another Shot At A Grade I in Stephen Foster 'Cap

DUKE OF MISCHIEF GETS ANOTHER SHOT AT GRADE I GLORY – Trainer David Fawkes had four options in mind for Duke of Mischief after the 4-year-old colt won the Oaklawn Handicap (Grade II) on April 3.

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra Faces Four Fleur De Lis Rivals On Strong Stephen Foster Undercard

Jess Jackson’s Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick’s reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra will try to regain her winning ways on Saturday when she faces four rivals as an overwhelming favorite in the 36th running of $200,000-added Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.

General Quarters Bids for History, But Battle Plan, Blame Favored in $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap

Thomas McCarthy’s General Quarters will be aiming for a slice of horse racing history, but rising stars Battle Plan and Blame will likely occupy the roles of favorites Saturday when 11 horses enter the starting gate for  the 29th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.

Mine That Bird Works Five Furlongs in 1:02 Under Borel

MINE THAT BIRD WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02 UNDER BOREL - Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, worked five furlongs in 1:02 after the renovation break under jockey Calvin Borel.

Champion Rachel Alexandra Works Half-Mile Toward Saturday Start

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra completed her serious preparation for a planned return to competition on Saturday with a half-mile work on a cool late spring Monday at Churchill Downs.

            Now all that is left to be determined is which race she will be running in.

'Downs After Dark' Returns to Churchill Downs Friday Night for 'Disco at the Downs'

Now that the sun has set on this year’s Triple Crown, horse racing fans in the Louisville area will turn their attention to the much-anticipated return of the “Downs After Dark” nighttime racing programs at Churchill Downs, which arrive in earnest Friday night.

Giant Oak, Blame Work Toward Stephen Foster

Giant Oak signaled his readiness for Saturday's 29th running of the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) by working a bullet five furlongs in :59.60 over a fast track after the renovation break Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.

Hot Cha Cha Holds Off Acoma to Win Early Times Mint Julep Handicap at Churchill Downs

Nelson McMakin's Hot Cha Cha, under a ground-saving ride from James Graham, held off defending champion Acoma by a three-quarters of a length to win the 34th running of the $110,800 Early Times Mint Julep (Grade III) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.

Rachel Alexandra Assigned 118 Pounds For Stephen Foster

Reigning Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra has been assigned 118 pounds by Churchill Downs racing secretary Ben Huffman for next Saturday's 29th running of the $600,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.