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Leparoux Looks To Big Finish For Great '09 ... Carroll Hopes For Rebound by Acoma ... Mafaaz Recovers From Illness
LEPAROUX HOPES TO FINISH 2009 IN GRAND FASHION – It has been a banner year for jockey Julien Leparoux, who leads all North American riders in earnings with $18,041,548 through Wednesday and a sparkling showing at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships in which he rode three winners and won the Bill Shoemaker Award as the top rider at the event.
Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Acoma, a two-time graded-stakes winner over the Matt Winn Turf Course and unbeaten in four races on turf and dirt at Churchill Downs, will concede 2-6 pounds to eight rivals in Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares.
Popular Churchill Downs-based jockey Calvin Borel, who swept this year’s Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby aboard Rachel Alexandra and Mine That Bird, respectively, will be honored at Churchill Downs this weekend (Nov. 21-22) with a bobblehead giveaway, autograph session, roast and his very own drink special.
Churchill Downs will offer racing fans new value in its daily wagering menu when the track launches an experiment with 50-cent minimum Pick 3 and trifecta wagers beginning with its racing program on Thursday, Nov. 19 and continuing through the end its Fall Meet on Saturday, Nov. 28.
Lemon Chiffon Eyes Graded-Stakes Glory in Cardinal ... Get Stormy Gets The Distance ... Cindy Jones Gets Training Win
LEMON CHIFFON EYES GRADED GLORY AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Trainer Sean McCarthy had a choice to make with Lemon Chiffon: Stay at home in California and run in the Grade I Matriarch on Nov. 28 at Hollywood Park, or ship east to Churchill Downs for Saturday’s Grade III Cardinal Handicap over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Musco Lighting®, which has specialized in lighting systems for sports and large areas for more than 30 years, has been awarded the contracting bid to install permanent track lighting at Churchill Downs, the historic home of the Kentucky Derby.
Churchill Downs Offers New, Integrated Online Box Office as a Convenient Platform for Customers to Purchase Tickets
Churchill Downs’ customers now have a new and convenient platform to purchase ticket packages in advance of racing events thanks to fresh technology at the historic racetrack’s new, integrated online box office: tickets.churchilldowns.com.
Following the overwhelming popularity of a three-date market test this spring, Churchill Downs, the legendary home of the Kentucky Derby, will stage six special “Downs After Dark” nighttime racing programs under the lights in 2010.
Sullimar Stables’ Get Stormy held off a furious late charge from Street Move to win the sixth running of the $112,100 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds by a nose at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
Mrs. Revere Winner Mary's Follies Heads South ... No Rematch of '08 River City Finish ... Einstein, Macho Again Top Clark Noms
MARY’S FOLLIES HEADS TO FLORIDA AFTER MRS. REVERE VICTORY – Paul Pompa Jr.’s Mary’s Follies did not stick around Louisville long after her 1 ½-length score in Saturday’s Grade II Mrs. Revere in stakes-record time over the Matt Winn Turf Course under Kent Desormeaux.
Mary's Follies Wins Mrs. Revere in Stakes-Record Time; Victory Helps Trigger $164,755 Pick 6 Carryover for Sunday
Paul Pompa Jr.’s Mary’s Follies rolled to a 1 ½-length victory over Keertana in stakes-record time to win the 19th running of the $206,500 Mrs. Revere (Grade II) for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Quality Road Finally Makes It To Downs ... Versatile Proceed Bee Can Do It All ... Acoma, Belle Allure Top Cardinal Weights
QUALITY ROAD FINALLY MAKES IT TO CHURCHILL DOWNS – Edward Evans’ Quality Road was scheduled to make his initial appearance at Churchill Downs in late April as the probable favorite for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
A problem with quarter cracks derailed those plans.
Richard Sturgill’s Coulee overhauled the pace-setting Dreaming of Liz at the eighth pole and drew off to win Friday’s $55,333 HD Supply Classic at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length.
Goncalves Off To Fast Start In Riders Race ... Kelly's Landing Starts New Career As Pony ... Eight Likely for Cardinal
GONCALVES OFF TO FAST START IN RIDERS RACE – Trainer Buff Bradley has found that other trainers are taking notice of the riding talents of Leandro Gonvalves.
Churchill Downs Unveils Artwork for Kentucky Derby 136 by Internationally Acclaimed French Artist Linda Le Kinff
A bold and colorful painting by internationally acclaimed French artist Linda Le Kinff was unveiled Friday, Nov. 13 at Churchill Downs as the official artwork of the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks. The focal point of the vibrant work, which showcases exquisite line quality, is the world famous Kentucky Derby winner’s circle.
Sullimar Stables’ Get Stormy and William Stiritz’s Proceed Bee, Grade III turf winners in their most recent starts, headline a field of 10 3-year-olds entered for Sunday’s sixth running of the Grade III $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf.
Catalano Looks Ahead With Breeders' Cup Winner She Be Wild ... Emigh Could Return Sunday ... McPeek Eyes California Cash
CATALANO LOOKS TO 2010 WITH BREEDERS’ CUP WINNER SHE BE WILD – Trainer Wayne Catalano was back at Churchill Downs on Thursday morning, reunited with Nancy Mazzoni’s She Be Wild, winner of last Friday’s $2 million Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) at Santa Anita.
Nelson McMakin’s Hot Cha Cha, winner of the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (Grade I) at Keeneland on Oct. 17, and Waratah Thoroughbreds’ Miss World, winner of the Garden City (GI) at Belmont Park on Sept. 12, top an overflow field of 17 3-year-old fillies entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 19th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII).
BREEDERS’ CUP PARTICIPANTS RETURN HOME – Lewis Lakin’s Pure Clan was back in her stall in Barn 32 on Sunday afternoon after her runner-up finish in Friday’s Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (Grade I) at Santa Anita.
Churchill Downs will offer free general admission to all United States veterans and active military on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with proof of identification.
Admission gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the 10-race card, which begins at 12:40 p.m. ET, is highlighted by a six-day Pick 6 carryover of $21,099 on Races 5-10.