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CLASSIC HOPES PADDY O’PRADO, FIRST DUDE WORK OVER HOME TRACK FOR ROMANS – Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans’ pair of 3-year-old contenders for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) – Paddy O’Prado and First Dude – topped the roster of works by Breeders’ Cup hopefuls Saturday over their home track at Churchill Downs.
The prospective fields for the 14 lucrative races that comprise the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Churchill Downs on Friday, Nov. 5 and Saturday, Nov. 6 are beginning to take shape.
ATTA BOY ROY WORKS HALF IN :48 UNDER BOREL – R.E.V. Racing’s Atta Boy Roy, winner of the Churchill Downs (GII) here on Kentucky Derby Day, worked a half-mile in :48 over a fast track after the renovation break under jockey Calvin Borel. The move was third fastest of 33 at the distance on a cool, clear Friday morning.
ESPOIR CITY GETS FIRST FEEL OF TRACK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Two days after arriving at Churchill Downs from Japan, Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) hopeful Espoir City (JPN), got the opportunity to set foot on the track beneath the Twin Spires.
WARRIOR’S REWARD WORKS HALF-MILE IN :48.80 – A.
ESPOIR CITY SETTLES IN AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – The Yushun Horse Club’s Japan-based star Espoir City (JPN) arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday morning for a run in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), settling in his stall in the quarantine barn at 4:30 a.m. (EDT).
Kentucky Derby 135 Winner Mine That Bird, Breeders' Cup Classic Contender Haynesfield Turn In Sunday Works
Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), and Haynesfield, upset winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup (GI) last time out, tuned up for runs in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships with workouts on Sunday at Churchill Downs.
ESPOIR CITY SLATED TO ARRIVE TUESDAY FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC – Espoir City (JPN), Japan’s hope for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI), is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs early Tuesday morning.
The official event logos for Kentucky Derby 137 and Kentucky Oaks 137 were released Wednesday by Churchill Downs, and officially licensed apparel and gifts items featuring the new marks are now available for purchase online at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com.
Memorable Kentucky Derby, Oaks; Continued Success of 'Downs After Dark' Night Racing; Rachel,Blame Among Spring Meet Highlights
Memorable renewals of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Tizdejavu Scores Dazzling Front-Running Victory In Firecracker; Derby '09 Winner Mine That Bird Runs Eighth
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu took the lead out of the gate and was never headed to win the 20th running of the $205,625 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) by 1 ½ lengths over Public Speaker on Sunday to close out the 42-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs and ruin the return of 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird who finished eighth in his turf debut.
BOREL GETS FIRST SPRING MEET RIDING TITLE – Jockey Calvin Borel popped the gate on opening day by winning five races and never looked back in winning his first Spring Meet riding title at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stable’s Kantharos overcame a stumble at the break to cruise to a 9 ½-length victory over Lou Brissie to win the 109th running of the $108,200 Bashford Manor Presented by Fasig-Tipton (Grade III) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Alfred Nuckols Jr.’s Danzon got up in the final stride to edge 48-1 longshot Happiness Is by a nose as part of a six-horse photo finish to win the 29th running of the $116,200 Locust Grove Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares racing one mile on the turf on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
CONNECTIONS OF ESPOIR CITY MAKE BREEDERS’ CUP SCOUTING TRIP – There is no time limit on advance planning, and so it was on Saturday morning, four months before the Breeders’ Cup World Championships return to Churchill Downs, that the trainer and jockey of Japanese star Espoir City (JPN) did a little scouting at the home of the Kentucky Derby.
Summer Wind Farm’s Kiddari wore down Vertical Vision in the final eighth of a mile to win the $66,500-added Roxelana overnight stakes for fillies and mares by 1 ¾ lengths before a “Downs After Dark” crowd of 32,481 on Friday night at Churchill Downs.
MELANCON TO CLOSE OUT LONG CAREER SUNDAY – Larry Melancon began riding quarter horses when he was nine years old and got his jockey’s license to ride Thoroughbreds at age 16 in 1971.
On Sunday, five weeks shy of his 55th birthday, Melancon will saddle up one last time riding War Clan for longtime client Bill Mott.
Churchill Downs will kick-start an action-packed Fourth of July holiday weekend in style as the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby winds down its 42-day spring meet with the final “Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser Select” on Friday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern).
BOREL, ASMUSSEN MAINTAIN SOLID LEADS IN RACE FOR MEET HONORS – With four days to go in the 2010 Spring Meet, Calvin Borel is on track for his first leading rider title for a Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.
Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s Mine That Bird, winner of the 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will race for the first time in 2010 and make his career debut on the grass in Sunday’s 20th running of the $175,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) Presented by Thorntons.