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Highlighting the list of more than 100 horses who recorded published workouts at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning was Take Charge Indy, Bourbon Courage and Cease. The trio of stakes winners is being pointed to the Grade I Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare on Nov. 23.
Corey Lanerie became only the 19th jockey to register 400 career wins at Churchill Downs when 2-year-old Pushthebuttonmax prevailed in Friday’s eighth race, a $50,000 maiden special weight.
Trainer Mark Casse said Friday that Bill Farish Jr.’s Pool Play will be pointed to the Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23, but the 7-year-old son of Silver Deputy might not be the only Clark starter from the Casse barn.
Five Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded with horses running in Sunday’s eighth race. It is sure to be a unique and one-of-a-kind event for fans, but the trainers of these top horses also are looking forward to the special ceremony.
Five of the seven Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.
James Miller’s Daisy Devine, winner of the Jenny Wiley (Grade I) at Keeneland, will carry the top weight of 122 pounds when she faces eight rivals in Saturday’s 39th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Perhaps lost in the excitement of Breeders’ Cup Championship Saturday at Santa Anita was the performance of Frac Daddy in Saturday’s seventh race at Churchill Downs.
Not many people get to celebrate their birthday with a $270,000 payday, but that’s exactly what Brian Hernandez Jr. did when he guided Fort Larned to victory in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on his 27th birthday.
Team Forster’s Brushed by a Star, engaged in a stretch-long duel with Joyful Victory, prevailed by a head to win the 27th running of the Grade II, $168,900 Chilukki for fillies and mares on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
A. Stevens Miles Jr.’s homebred Neck ’n Neck had one horse beat in the early stages of the 20th running of the Grade III, $110,400 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs, but put in a strong rally on the final turn from the outside and powered home in the stretch for a convincing 2 ¼-length win over Fort Loudon.
Journeymen jockeys Brian Hernandez Jr and Miguel Mena will be seeking the biggest victory of their young careers in Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), but both riders are doing their best to stay focused on their mounts at Churchill Downs prior to riding at Santa Anita on Saturday.
Fox Hill Farms Inc.’s Joyful Victory, a multiple graded-stakes winning earner of more than $625,000, heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s 27th running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Chilukki at one mile on the main track at Churchill Downs.
Graded stakes-winner Brushed by a Star will be sold at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale on Nov. 5, but first she will seek another graded stakes victory in Saturday’s $150,000-added Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs and the connections are hoping to add some more “black type” to her catalogue page.
John Oxley’s Uncaptured took the lead from runner-up Positively in mid-stretch and increased his advantage from there to take the 31st running of the Grade III, $114,800 Iroquois by a widening 5 ½ lengths on opening day at Churchill Downs.
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Sign overcame a sluggish start and powered home in deep stretch to win Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $168,150 Pocahontas by four lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet.
Three-time Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel will begin the 123rd Fall Meet at Churchill Downs just 14 victories shy of the 5,000 career-win milestone and the Louisiana native, who will turn 46 on Nov. 7, is confident he’ll reach the mark this meet at the site of his three most important victories.
Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Sign was nothing short of dominant in her 11 ¾-length victory at Saratoga in her career debut and trainer Al Stall Jr. is hoping for a similar performance from the bay daughter of Pulpit in Sunday’s $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II).
Patrons visiting Churchill Downs during the track’s Oct. 28-Nov. 25 Fall Meet will have opportunities on each racing day to “pitch in” to support the work of Louisville’s West End School through an on-track recycling campaign.
Trainer Mark Casse had planned to work his two juvenile fillies pointing to the Breeders’ Cup on Friday and the boys would work Saturday. The threat of rainy conditions Friday and Saturday caused Casse to call an audible and all five of his Breeders’ Cup hopefuls breezed at the home of the Kentucky Derby on Friday morning.
Iroquois Racing Club LLC’s Gal About Town, unbeaten and untested in her first two career starts, will face seven rivals in Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Pocahontas at one mile on the main track at Churchill Downs.