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Robert Courtney Jr.’s Rahystrada, dismissed at odds of 56-1, romped to a 2 ¼-length victory over Rahy’s Attorney to win Friday’s 32nd running of the $112,700 River City Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Byron Hughes and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Rahystrada covered the 1 1/8 miles over a Matt Winn Turf Course rated as “firm” in 1:49.18.
Super Saver Tries Two-Turns in Jockey Club ... Upperline Gets Local Test Run ... Rachel Alexandra Heads To New Orleans
SUPER SAVER MAKES TWO-TURN DEBUT IN KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB – The field for Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (Grade II) is now assembled at Churchill Downs, with WinStar Farm’s Super Saver being the last to arrive.
John and Glen Sikura’s Serenading drew away from Morena (Per) in midstretch to win the 94th running of the $160,950 Falls City Handicap (Grade II) by three lengths at Churchill Downs.
Swift Temper Out of Falls City, Retired ... Kiss the Kid Seeks Clark Breakthrough ... Rahy's Attorney Seeks Rare Road Win
SWIFT TEMPER SCRATCH FROM FALLS CITY, RETIRED – Mark Stanley’s Grade I-winning millionaire Swift Temper, the 5-2 second choice in the morning line for today’s 94th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs, has been scratched from the race because of an injury and retired.
Iroquois Winner Thiskyhasnolimit Heads Kentucky Jockey Club As Churchill Closes with 'Stars of Tomorrow II'
Thiskyhasnolimit, winner of the Iroquois (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1, heads a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for Saturday’s 83rd running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Pocahontas Winner Sassy Image Heads Golden Rod on Churchill Downs' Closing Day 'Stars of Tomorrow II'
Jerry Romans’ Sassy Image, the stylish two-length winner of the Pocahontas (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 1, heads a field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 66th running of the $150,000 Golden Rod Stakes (GII) at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
McGEE DOUBLES UP ON CLARK HANDICAP CHANCES – Trainer Paul McGee was all set to send Dubious Miss on a solo mission for his barn in Friday’s 135th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade II).
More Than 500 Families, Individuals Recieve Thanksgiving Food Baskets From The Lord's Kitchen at Churchill Downs
More than 500 families and individuals received frozen turkeys and boxes of food that contained canned goods and other holiday trimmings at Churchill Downs on Tuesday, Nov. 24 as The Lord’s Kitchen conducted its annual Thanksgiving Family Food Box Giveaway at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Green Lantern Stables’ Karelian will attempt to become the third repeat winner of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) when he faces nine rivals in Friday’s 32nd running of 1 1/8-mile test over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
Stronach Stables’ Einstein (Brz) will carry high weight of 123 pounds and break from the outside post in a field of 14 as he shoots for back-to-back victories in Friday’s 135th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Kenneally's 'Carlos' Follows in Quick Hoofprints ... Ramsey-owned Stars Eye Caressing, Grand Canyon ... Big Weekend for Romans?
SURGING CUSTOM FOR CARLOS FOLLOWS IN SWIFT HOOFPRINTS FOR KENNEALLY – A month after Kelly’s Landing was winding down his stellar career, a possible replacement debuted for trainer Eddie Kenneally at Gulfstream Park in Custom for Carlos.
Team Valor International’s Unbridled Belle and Mark Stanley’s Swift Temper, each a Grade I stakes winner in her career, will carry top weight of 122 pounds and concede 6-8 pounds when they take on four rival fillies and mares in Thursday’s 94th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Defending Champ Einstein Works for Clark ... Acoma's win her "biggest" ... Fields take shape for 2 YO stakes
EINSTEIN WORKS FOR CLARK; MARAGH PICKS UP MOUNT – Trainer Helen Pitts-Blasi was talking to a passer-by about her stable star Einstein (Brz) when fellow trainer Dallas Stewart rode past on his pony.
“Tell it like it is, Helen,” Stewart said with a laugh. “Tell him how you’re gonna kick Macho Again’s rear end.”
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Acoma outlasted You Go West Girl by a head to win the 36th running of the $111,700 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Ridden for the first time by Jesus Castanon, Acoma surged past Lemon Chiffon just inside the eighth pole and then repulsed the bid from You Go West Girl to remain perfect at Churchill Downs.
Macho Again 'Ready to Roll' in Clark ... Giant Oak Finally Makes It Back to Churchill ... One Caroline Slated for Spring Return
STEWART: MACHO AGAIN “READY TO ROLL” FOR CLARK – The heavy lifting is all done and according to trainer Dallas Stewart, Macho Again is “ready to roll” for Friday’s 135th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Einstein Assigned 123 For Bid To Repeat in Clark ... Grade I Winners Swift Temper, Unbridled Belle Co-Falls City High Weights
EINSTEIN ASSIGNED TOP WEIGHT OF 123 FOR CLARK HANDICAP – The most recent time Einstein (Brz), Macho Again and Bullsbay met in the same race was the Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) here on June 13 with Einstein conceding 7 pounds to the two rivals.
Leparoux Looks To Big Finish For Great '09 ... Carroll Hopes For Rebound by Acoma ... Mafaaz Recovers From Illness
LEPAROUX HOPES TO FINISH 2009 IN GRAND FASHION – It has been a banner year for jockey Julien Leparoux, who leads all North American riders in earnings with $18,041,548 through Wednesday and a sparkling showing at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in which he rode three winners and won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the top rider at the event.
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Acoma, a two-time graded-stakes winner over the Matt Winn Turf Course and unbeaten in four races on turf and dirt at Churchill Downs, will concede 2-6 pounds to eight rivals in Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares.
Popular Churchill Downs-based jockey Calvin Borel, who swept this year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby aboard Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively, will be honored at Churchill Downs this weekend (Nov. 21-22) with a bobblehead giveaway, autograph session, roast and his very own drink special.
Churchill Downs will offer racing fans new value in its daily wagering menu when the track launches an experiment with 50-cent minimum Pick 3 and trifecta wagers beginning with its racing program on Thursday, Nov. 19 and continuing through the end its Fall Meet on Saturday, Nov. 28.