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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.
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.
Jockey Calvin Borel rode Gray Hart’s Girl to a 7 ¾-length in Friday’s fourth race to secure his 1,000th career victory at Churchill Downs.
Borel, who has ridden the winner of three of the past four Kentucky Derbies, is the second rider to reach the 1,000-victory plateau at Churchill Downs. He joins Hall of Famer Pat Day, who recorded 2,482 victories beneath the Twin Spires.
With jockey Robby Albarado aboard, West Point Thoroughbreds' Macho Again completed his major preparations for next Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over a fast track Friday morning after the renovation break.
With Alex Solis aboard for the first time, owner-trainer Tom McCarthy's Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (Grade I) winner General Quarters worked five furlongs in 1:01 over a fast track after the renovation break Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves' Acoma will attempt to protect a perfect record in five races at Churchill Downs and join Megans Bluff (2001-02) as the only repeat winner of the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) when she faces eight rivals Saturday in the 34th running of the
In his second workout since returning to Churchill Downs, 2009 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner Mine That Bird worked a half-mile in :48 with jockey Calvin Borel up.
The Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Dubai Majesty swept past favored Hot Dixie Chick on the far turn and cruised to an authoritative 4 ½-length victory over Secret Gypsy in the seventh running of the $110,500 Winning Colors (Grade III) for fillies and mares on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Stonestreet Stables and Harold McCormick's Rachel Alexandra, America's reigning ‘Horse of the Year' and champion 3-year-old filly, turned in one of her strongest works since her return to serious training and racing when she breezed six furlongs in a blistering 1:11.20 on Monday at Churchill Downs.
Atta Boy Roy had an adventurous run in Saturday's Aristides (GIII).
He lost his footing at the break, spotting the field several lengths, rushed up to take the lead and then grudgingly gave way to the victorious Riley Tucker in the final eighth of a mile.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 29, 2010) - Starlight Partners' Ailalea assumed command at the head of the stretch and then held off a late bid from Tap Tap Tapping by a length to win the 36th running of the $110,200 Dogwood (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
LOUISVILLE, KY (Saturday, May 29, 2010) - Zayat Stables' Riley Tucker, under a ground-saving trip from jockey Shaun Bridgmohan captured the 22nd running of the $107,900 Aristides (GIII) by two lengths over Atta Boy Roy on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
STEPHEN FOSTER CONTENDERS BLAME, MACHO AGAIN WORK - Preparation time for the 29th running of Churchill Downs' $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) is dwindling and two of the major players in the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up tuned up for the June 12 test with Saturday works.
ARISTIDES RUN A STEP TOWARD THE BREEDERS' CUP SPRINT AT CHURCHILL DOWNS FOR ATTA BOY ROY - Veteran trainer Valorie Lund scored the first graded stakes win of her 27-year career when R.E.V Racing's Atta Boy Roy pulled off a front-running upset in the $250,000-added Churchill Downs Stakes (Grade II) over a sloppy Churchill D
The Martin Racing Stable and Dan Morgan's Dubai Majesty will try to become the first repeat winner of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) when she faces seven rivals in the featured event of a special holiday racing program on Monday, May 31.
John Sikura and Stetson Land and Cattle’s Spun Silver surged to the lead in the upper stretch and drew off to a 1 ½-length victory over Beyondallboundarys to take Thursday’s featured $49,600 Ingredient Resource Corporation Classic at Churchill Downs.
BRASS HAT COULD RETURN TO THE DIRT – After nine consecutive starts against graded-stakes company on the grass, a change in venue could be in store for Fred Bradley’s homebred veteran Brass Hat.
R.E.V. Racing’s Atta Boy Roy, who scored a wire-to-wire victory in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs (GII) on Kentucky Derby Day, will face five rivals Saturday in the 22nd running of the $100,000 Aristides (GIII) for older sprinters.
Mine That Bird Zips Three Furlongs in Return Work; Churchill Repairs, Investigates Hole In Track That Interrupted Training
MINE THAT BIRD WORKS THREE FURLONGS IN :35.20 – Double Eagle Ranch and Buena Suerte Equine’s 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird worked three furlongs in :35.20 with Dominic Terry in the saddle.
Thomas and Jack Conway’s Stately Victor, winner of the Toyota Blue Grass (Grade I) at Keeneland and eighth to Super Saver in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), tuned up for a run in the June 5 Belmont Stakes (GI) with a sharp five-furlong workout on Tuesday at Churchill Downs’ Trackside Louisville training center.