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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.
Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, a 3 ¼-length winner of the Futurity (Grade II) at Belmont Park, headlines a field of 10 entered for Sunday’s 31st running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) to be run at a mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on Opening Day of the 123rd Fall Meet.
The Breeders’ Cup is just eight days away and as many as 14 horses stabled at Churchill Downs and nearby Trackside Training Center will tune up for the World Championships in Louisville this weekend prior to shipping to Santa Anita Park, where the event will be held for the sixth time.
1. The 123rd Fall Meet will feature 21 days of racing over a four-week stretch through Nov. 25. After Sunday’s opening day program, racing will be conducted on a Wednesday-Sunday schedule with dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most programs will feature 10 races with gates opening at 11:30 a.m. and the first race at 12:40 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, winner of the Futurity (Grade II) at Belmont Park in his most recent start, leads a list of probable starters for Sunday’s Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
The new points-based “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series continues this weekend with a trio of juvenile races. Points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers in Saturday’s $400,000 Foxwoods Champagne (Grade I) at Belmont Park and the $400,000 Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland. Also, the $200,000 Grey (GIII) – the lone Canadian race is the series – will be staged Sunday at Woodbine....
The revamped “Road to the Kentucky Derby” series will be inaugurated this weekend as points will be awarded to the Top 4 finishers in Saturday’s Royal Lodge at Newmarket and FrontRunner at Santa Anita.
The official event logos for Kentucky Derby 139 and Kentucky Oaks 139 were released Tuesday (Sept. 18) by Churchill Downs, and officially licensed apparel and headwear featuring the new marks are now available for purchase online at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com.
The 138th running of the $400,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race as old as the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Kentucky Oaks (GI) and one of America’s premier events for older horses, heads a schedule of 12 stakes races with total purses of $1.825 million set...
Churchill Downs Racetrack has appointed David Lehr to the post of Track Superintendent and Senior Director of Track Surfaces, a post he will assume immediately at the historic home of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs, the home for 138 years of the world famous Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Churchill Downs Racetrack has presented checks totaling nearly $200,000 to fundraising partners who joined the track in the celebrations of its 138th running of the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 4 and the third annual “Taste of Derby” party on Thursday, May 3.
An eventful and memorable Spring Meet at Churchill Downs Racetrack that included an attendance record for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Michael J Bruder’s Guys Reward had clear sailing from the outside and drew clear in deep stretch to win the 22nd running of the Grade II, $165,900 Firecracker Handicap by two lengths over Seruni on Sunday night to close out the 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.