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(November 9, 2008) – Alien Farm’s Nistle’s Crunch emerged from behind two dueling leaders inside the sixteenth pole to rally to win Sunday’s fifth running of the $112,900 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs by a half-length over 2-1 favorite Seaspeak.
CARROLL BEAMING AFTER ACOMA'S MRS. REVERE TRIUMPH - Trainer David Carroll said Sunday morning that Acoma came out of her triumph in Saturday's Mrs. Revere (GII) in good order.
(November 8, 2008) – Helen Alexander and Helen Groves’ Acoma overtook pace-setting My Baby Baby in the final 50 yards to win the 18th running of the $201,950 Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies by 1 ¼ lengths on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Callwood Dancer Assigned Top Weight for Cardinal 'Cap; Commentator Set To Arrive at Churchill on Wednesday
CALLWOOD DANCER ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT FOR CARDINAL - Three Chimneys Racing's Callwood Dancer (IRE) was assigned top weight of 122 pounds by racing secretary Ben Huffman for the 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade II) next Saturday at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
FLINT HAS SCREEN YOUR FRIEND BACK ON TRACK - Veteran trainer Bernie Flint did not get to fully enjoy a banner summer at Churchill Downs. He notched his 400th career victory beneath the Twin Spires in June and had to watch from home as Screen Your Friend won the Bashford Manor (GIII) on July 5.
Soft business levels stemming from the nation’s economic slowdown and the unresolved negotiations with horsemen over distribution of the Churchill Downs simulcast signal to national advance deposit wagering (“ADW”) outlets have prompted Churchill Downs to announce a 10 percent reduction in overnight purses for the remainder of its Fall Meet and reductions in purses for two of the meet’s major s
(November 7, 2008) – James Spence’s El Caballo held off Jamaludin by a diminishing three-quarters of a length to score a front-running victory in Friday’s featured $50,000 Fund for the Arts Purse at Churchill Downs.
(November 6, 2008) – Scarlet Stable’s Canela remained perfect on the Matt Winn Turf Course by romping to a 5 1/4-length victory in Thursday’s featured $49,940 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana Purse at Churchill Downs.
ACOMA SEEKS TO BUILD GRASS RESUME IN MRS. REVERE - Before trainer David Carroll ran Acoma in the Valley View (Grade III) at Keeneland, he termed the 3-year-old filly's grass debut as "a bit of an experiment."
(Nov. 6, 2008) – Dr. John Chandler’s Seaspeak, who was disqualified out of a victory in the Grade III Bryan Station at Keeneland on Oct. 12 in his most recent start, will try again for his first stakes score when he faces 10 rivals in Sunday’s $100,000-added Commonwealth Turf (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
(November 5, 2008) – Nancy Vanier and Cartwright Thoroughbreds’ Love Handles rallied from off the pace to score a head victory over Royal Leah in Wednesday’s $43,880 Americana Community Center Purse at Churchill Downs.
Wilkes Celebrates First Official Stakes Win with 'Candyman'; Pocahontas Romp By Sara Louise No Surprise To Romans
WILKES NOTCHES ‘FIRST' CHURCHILL STAKES VICTORY WITH ‘CANDYMAN' IN IROQUOIS - Trainer Ian Wilkes has made many visits to the Churchill Downs winner's circle since he first arrived at Churchill Downs from Australia nearly 20 years ago - including a couple of stops in the exclusive Kentucky Derby winner's circle with mentor Carl Nafzger. But Saturday's "Stars of Tomorr
THIRTY-FOUR NOMINATED TO 36TH RUNNING OF CARDINAL - The $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII), to be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Nov. 15 for fillies and mares three-years-old and up, drew 34 nominees. Weights for the race, won last year by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Criminologist, will be announced Saturday.
(Nov. 5, 2008) – Trainer Barclay Tagg returns to the scene of his greatest triumph in racing on Saturday when he sends out Lael Stables’ My Princess Jess in the 18th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
(Nov. 2, 2008) – Leah’s Secret, ridden by Rene Douglas, cruised to her third graded stakes triumph with a half-length victory over Unforgotten in Sunday’s $170,400 Chilukki Stakes (Grade II) for fillies and mares age 3 and up at Churchill Downs.
Capt. Candyman Can, whose name was inspired by a 1970's hit song by Sammy Davis Jr., proved just as popular on the track as he grabbed the lead heading into the far turn under jockey Julien Leparoux and rolled to a three-length victory in Saturday's 28th running of the $111,100 Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Albarado Still Rolling, Hopes For Another Ride on Curlin; Fields Take Shape for Mrs. Revere, Commonwealth Turf
ALBARADO STILL ROLLING, HOPING FOR ANOTHER RIDE ON CURLIN - A strong start on the 26-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs indicates that jockey Robby Albarado is in no danger of slowing down in a 2008 racing season that is close to equaling a 2007 season that was the best of his career.
(Nov. 1, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Baroness Thatcher, who narrowly missed Grade I glory in the Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, will seek redemption Sunday at Churchill Downs as she heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares scheduled to start in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (Grade II).
With the 2009 “Run for the Roses” only six months away, Churchill Downs today unveiled the official logos for Kentucky Derby 135 and its companion event, Kentucky Oaks 135, as fans at the historic racetrack enjoyed the “Stars of Tomorrow I” racing program, featuring 11 races for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds that could shortly be on the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Oaks trails. The Kentucky Derby and Ke