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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.

Borel Notches 1,000th Churchill Downs Victory

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.

Macho Again Works Five Furlongs For Foster

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.

General Quarters, Solis Have Five-Furlong Get Together

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.

Defending Champion Acoma Bids To Sustain Perfection In Early Times Mint Julep Handicap

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

Borel On Board As Mine That Bird Works Half-Mile In :48

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.

Dubai Majesty Repeats in the Winning Colors at Churchill Downs

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.

Champion Rachel Alexandra Offers Blistering Six-Furlong Work

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 To Get Break After Gallant Aristides Effort

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.

Favored Ailalea Holds Off Tap Tap Tapping to Win 36th Dogwood

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.

Riley Tucker Rallies to Win 22nd Aristides 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

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

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

Defending Champion Dubai Majesty Faces 3-Year-Old Hot Dixie Chick, Six Others In Winning Colors

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.

Baffert's Spun Silver wins Ingredient Resource Corporation Classic

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.

Veteran Brass Hat Could Return to Dirt; Stall Enjoying Sizzling Spring

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.

Churchill Downs Winner Atta Boy Roy Heads Aristides; Eight 3-Year-Old Fillies in Saturday's Dogwood

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.

Belmont Stakes Contender Stately Victor Works Quick Five Furlongs at Trackside

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.