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Churchill Downs Racetrack officials announced Friday that 34 races will be included in the 2013-14 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series, including 16 significant events that comprise the “Kentucky Derby Championship Series” over the 10 weeks that precede the first Saturday in May.
Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) plans to enhance the patron experience for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs Wraps Up Spring Meet Highlighted by Derby & Oaks Week, Downs After Dark, Record-Smashing Ramseys
The 2013 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) that began with memorable victories by Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Representatives of the breast cancer outreach organization Horses & Hope and Louisville’s Dare to Care food bank accepted charitable donations totaling more than $100,000 from Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) on Sunday, June 30 as the historic track wrapped-up its 38-day Spring Meet.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Awesome Flower took the lead approaching the stretch of the Matt Winn Turf Course, kicked away to lead by as many as four lengths and was hand-ridden inside the sixteenth-pole to win the $46,871 feature at Churchill Downs by 2 ½ lengths on closing day of the 38-day Spring Meet.
‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN
Tim O’Donohue’s Debt Ceiling, the lone juvenile with stakes experience in the field of seven 2-year-olds, swept to the lead midway around the turn and drew off to a 2 ¾-length win over Hollywood Talent in the 112th running of the $107,700 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
GROUPIE DOLL GETS BACK TO WORK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
Groupie Doll, last year’s champion female sprinter, appeared on the worktab for the first time this year and breezed a bullet three furlongs in :35.80 on the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning.
It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.
Churchill Downs’ final Downs After Dark of the 38-day Spring Meet is Saturday at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern) and there are plenty of reasons to celebrate.
Churchill Downs Jockeys, All-time Win Leader Day to Visit Kosair Children's Hospital Friday, June 28
Many of the brightest riding stars of the Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) – including three-time Kentucky Derby winner Calvin Borel, current rider leader Shaun Bridgmohan, 2012 Spring and Fall leading jockey Corey Lanerie and Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Brian Hernandez Jr.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Churchill Downs’ all-time leading owners in races won with 360, scored a single-season record 28th win of the 38-day Spring Meet when The Sixties-GB cruised to a five-length victory in Thursday’s fifth race.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.
Iroquois, Pocahontas Open Schedule of Eight Stakes Races Set for Churchill Downs' September Homecoming Meet
The first September racing meet in the 139-year history of Churchill Downs Racetrack (“CDRT”) – 12 days of racing dubbed the Homecoming Meet – will feature eight stakes races with total purses of nearly $1 million.
D’cajun Cat, impressive debut winner by 5 ¼ lengths on June 1, and Hollywood Talent, a 3 ½-length winner in his lone start on April 19, top a field of seven 2-year-olds entered for Saturday night’s 112th running of the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, a winner of five straight Grade I races, will carry the high weight of 128 pounds when he faces seven rivals in the 23rd running of $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey won three races at Churchill Downs on Sunday to equal A.J. Foyt III’s 30-year-old record for most wins during a meeting at the historic Louisville racetrack.
WISE DAN, D’CAJUN CAT TOP SATURDAY STAKES POSSIBLES
Horse of the Year Wise Dan and impressive debut winner D’cajun Cat top the list of possible contenders for Saturday’s $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) and $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, invaded Churchill Downs for Saturday night’s 113th running of the $113,400 Debutante and delivered a similar jaw-dropping performance, beating More Than Beauty by eight lengths.