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BLOCK HOPES TO COMPLETE FALLS CITY-CLARK DOUBLE WITH GIANT OAK – The most recent time a trainer has swept the Falls City Handicap (Grade II) and the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) the same year was in 2005 when Todd Pletcher won the former with Indian Vale and the latter with Magna Graduate.
Dundalk 5, LLC’s Dundalk Dust, the only 3-year-old in the field, rallied from last place to win the 95th running of the $161,250 Falls City Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares by three lengths over High Quail on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.
WIN WILLY FINALLY GETS HIS CHURCHILL DOWNS CHANCE ON FRIDAY – Trainer McLean Robertson was just three days away from having his first Kentucky Derby (Grade I) starter in 2009 with Jer-Mar Stable’s Win Willy.
However, on the day of entry, Robertson saw something he did not like on an x-ray of the colt’s left front ankle.
Wind River Stables and Five D Thoroughbreds’ Kathmanblu, a troubled third to More Than Real in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (Grade II) in her most recent start, and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Aide, a dazzling 19 ¾-length allowance winner here on Oct.
Sweep of Fall Meet Juvenile Stakes Could Be In The Stars for Kentucky Jockey Club Favorite Astrology
Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton’s Astrology, an impressive 2 ¾-length winner of Churchill Downs’ Iroquois (Grade III) on Oct. 31, heads a field of seven 2-year-olds entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 84th running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
THE “DUKE” HOPES TO FOLLOW IN BIG DRAMA’S FOOTSTEPS – After Duke of Mischief finished second in the Carl G. Rose Classic Handicap at Calder on Nov. 13, trainer David Fawkes did not really expect to be on the road any time soon with the 4-year-old colt.
More Than 500 Served in The Lord's Kitchen's Annual Thanksgiving Food Box Giveaway at Churchill Downs
Volunteers from The Lord's Kitchen and Churchill Downs distributed more than 500 frozen turkeys and boxes of food filled with Thanksgiving food items to needy residents in neighborhoods surrounding the historic track during Tuesday's annual Thanksgiving Family Food Box Giveaway in the track's Paddock Pavilion.
A year ago, a lightly raced 3-year-old named Blame used a victory in the Fayette (Grade II) at Keeneland as a springboard to victory in his subsequent start in the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare, then a Grade II event and the highlight of the 2009 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.
The Lord's Kitchen, Churchill Downs Provide Thanksgiving Food Boxes To Needy Neighbors on Tuesday, Nov. 23
Volunteers from The Lord’s Kitchen and Churchill Downs will again become partners beneath the historic Twin Spires providing needy families and neighbors with frozen turkeys and boxes of food during the annual Thanksgiving Family Food Box Giveaway on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
The Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust’s Distinctive Dixie, winner of the Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, will carry top weight of 120 pounds and concede 2-6 pounds to her five rivals in the 95th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) for fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track on Thanksgiving Day.
BOREL SIDELINED 5-6 WEEKS WITH BROKEN JAW – Jockey Calvin Borel suffered a broken jaw when he was thrown from his mount and kicked by a trailing horse on Saturday in the $1 million Delta Jackpot (Grade III) at Delta Downs in Louisiana.
Flaxman Holdings, Ltd.’s Aruna surged to the front in upper stretch and pulled away from a ground-saving Wild Mia in the run to the wire to win the 20th running of the $199,675 Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies by 1 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
KUNTZWEILER COMEBACK GAINS MOMENTUM WITH FLURRY OF CHURCHILL DOWNS WINS – When jockey Greta Kuntzweiler anticipated a return to riding after a lengthy stay on the sidelines because of a substance abuse issues, she was worried about the reception she would receive from horsemen and fans on the Kentucky racing circuit.
G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and the Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust-2008’s Veiled Prophet swept past dueling leaders Whitley and Ordination (IRE) inside the eighth pole and went on to win Friday’s $57,110 feature for 3-year-olds and up by three-quarters of a length before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 15,583 at Churchill Downs.
FAREWELL CELEBRATION FOR MINE THAT BIRD SET FOR SUNDAY, NOV. 28 – Churchill Downs fans will have an opportunity to bid farewell for the longshot winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on Sunday, Nov. 28, when Mine That Bird makes a final appearance on the site of one of the biggest upsets in American racing history.
For the second time in a week’s period, Churchill Downs Racetrack will raise overnight purses because of higher than expected all-sources wagering levels. Effective immediately (Friday, Nov. 19), overnight race purses will be increased 20 percent for the final eight days of the Fall Meet, which concludes its 21-day run on Sunday, Nov. 28.
LA CLOCHE HOPES TO MAKE AMENDS FOR LITTLE SISTER – The past two trips trainer James Toner has made to Kentucky have not brought the greatest results.
The lone “Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser Select” nighttime racing event of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet is Friday, and the first of 11 live races under the lights at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby will be 4:30 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Augustin Stable’s Fugitive Angel, runaway winner of the Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland on Oct. 22 in her most recent start, heads a field of 11 3-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 20th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII).
McCARTHY HOPES TO HAVE “TIGER” ON HIS HANDS IN 2011 – Tom McCarthy was looking ahead to a huge fall with his stable star General Quarters. Now, McCarthy has his sights set on 2011.