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Napravnik Says General A Rod Could Run Big With Clean Belmont Trip; Will Take Charge, Revolutionary Top Foster Noms
Of those attempting to deny California Chrome’s Triple Crown bid in Saturday’s Belmont Stakes (Grade I) is General a Rod for trainer Mike Maker, who will be ridden by Churchill Downs based jockey Rosie Napravnik.
The lime and black racing colors of one of the first families of Churchill Downs’ racing community will be prominent Saturday at the Louisville track when Richard and Bertram Klein’s Miz Ida bids for a second consecutive victory in the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep (Grade III), the featured live racing event on a program that also celeb
The connections of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) and Preakness (GI) winner California Chrome aren’t the only ones who are anticipating the June 7 Belmont Stakes to be the biggest day of their careers.
Maggi Moss’ Delaunay took the lead on the far turn and widened the margin in the stretch to win Saturday’s 26th running of the $112,900 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by 3 ½ lengths over defending champ Scatman.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), breezed six furlongs in 1:10.60 on Saturday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for next Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI).
The Estate of Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Fiftyshadesofgold, winner of the Eight Belles (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Oaks Day, breezed a half mile in :49.60 Friday morning in her final workout before shipping to Belmont Park for the $750,000 Acorn (Grade I) on June 7.
Spendthrift Farm’s Medal Count, eighth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), will work Saturday under the Twin Spires before shipping to Belmont Park next Thursday where he will try to spoil the Triple Crown hopes of California Chrome in the Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 7.
J. Kirk and Judy Robison’s Mico Margarita, the romping 8 ¾-length winner of the $60,000 Oak Hall at Evangeline Downs in his last start, headlines a field of nine 3-year-olds and up that were entered for Saturday’s 26th running of the $100,000 Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Ashbrook Farm’s Southern Honey tracked pacesetter Socialbug throughout and inched clear inside the final sixteenth of a mile to beat that rival by 1 ½ lengths in Monday’s 11th running of the $110,000 Winning Colors (Grade III) on Memorial Day at Churchill Downs.
In her first work since capturing the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable breezed five furlongs in 1:01.40 under the Twin Spires on Monday morning in preparation for the June 28 Mother Goose (GI) at Belmont Park.
After an impressive 7 ¾-length victory defeating older horses at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Chuck and Maribeth Sandford LLC’s Almost Famous will be pointed to the $100,000-added Matt Winn (Grade III) on Saturday, June 14.
THE WAIT IS OVER FOR APROPOS, STALL IN MONDAY’S WINNING COLORS - Fresh off of a third-place effort in the Grade I Madison at Keeneland, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Apropos will bid for her first graded stakes victory in Monday’s $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Magdalena Racing and Diamond M Stables’ War Dancer grabbed leaving the final turn and turned back a fierce late charge from Suntracer to win Saturday’s 77th running of the $110,200 Louisville Handicap (Grade III) by a head at Churchill Downs.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve worked five furlongs early Friday morning at Churchill Downs in :59.80 for trainer Dallas Stewart in preparation for a rematch with Triple Crown hopeful California Chrome in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes on June 7.
Fresh off impressive back-to-back victories in allowance/optional claiming races, Kazmi Cheema and Chowhan Racing LLC’s swift 4-year-old filly Anahauc will return to stakes company Monday for the 11th running of the $100,000-added Winning Colors (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Racetrack’s “Single 6 Jackpot,” the multi-race wager that debuted during the 2013 Fall Meet with the potential of a big payday to a lucky bettor if there’s only one winning wager, will return to the Louisville racetrack’s betting menu Thursday (May 22) with a lower 20-cent minimum.
Magdalena Racing and Diamond M Stables’ War Dancer, winner of the 2013 Virginia Derby (Grade II) and runner-up in last month’s Elkhorn (GII) at Keeneland, is the 118-pound starting high weight in a field of eight older horses that were entered for Saturday’s 77th running of the $100,000-added Louisville Handicap (GIII) at Churchill D
Praia grabbed the lead with an eighth of mile to run and turned back a late rally by Gulsary-IRE to prevail by a head and win Saturday’s second running of the $64,549 Keertana overnight stakes for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
COMMANDING CURVE WORKS A HALF-MILE; POINTING TO BELMONT STAKES - West Point Thoroughbreds’ Commanding Curve, runner-up in the Grade I Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands, returned to the work tab early Friday morning at Churchill Downs, logging a half-mile on the main track in :48.80 outside of workmate Golden Soul.
Kentucky Derby presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner California Chrome has been made the 3-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 139th running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (Grade I).