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Jockey Robby Albarado, a finalist for last year's Eclipse Award as America's leading jockey who ranks seventh among the all-time riding leaders at Churchill Downs, earned his first "leading rider" title under the historic Twin Spires as the home of the Kentucky Derby wrapped up its 52-day Spring Meet on Sunday, July 6.
(July 6, 2008) – James Barry’s Genuine Devotion took the lead out of the gate under Alan Garcia and then held off a late bid from Pin Oak Stable’s Brownie Points by a half-length to win the 27th running of the $171,750 Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) for fillies and mares at a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Down
As usual, Calvin Borel went about his business Sunday morning with a smile on his face.
Working horses for his brother Cecil, Borel was back at it with a milestone victory in his back pocket: career victory No. 4,500.
Calvin Borel became the 34th jockey in North American racing to reach the 4,500-win plateau when he guided William Carl’s Screen Your Friend to a 1 ¼-length victory over a fast-closing Lyin’ Heart in the 107th running of the $164,550 Bashford Manor Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
(July 5, 2008) – There’s a $4,232 Pick 6 carryover for Sunday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Saturday.
Zayat Stables' Thorn Song and Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green, Lessee's Einstein, the one-two finishers in Friday's $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII), were reported to be doing well Saturday morning by their connections.
(July 4, 2008) – Thorn Song led every step of the away and upset odds-on favorite Einstein by one length in Friday’s $213,250 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Arindel Farm's Wait a While, who has not run since winning the San Gorgonio Handicap (GII) on Jan. 14 at Santa Anita, is headed to Saratoga for the July 26 Diana Handicap (GI) at a mile and an eighth on the turf according to Mike McCarthy, assistant trainer to Todd Pletcher.
There’s a $10,664.79 Pick 6 carryover for Friday’s 11-race program at Churchill Downs after no one had the perfect sequence Thursday.
Kinsman Stable’s Vanquisher made his Churchill Downs turf debut a successful one by rallying to collar pace-setting Petion Station just yards from the finish line to win Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 main attraction for 3-year-olds and up by a neck.
Three graded stakes winners – Brownie Points, Bayou’s Lassie and Meribel – headline a field of 10 entered Thursday for the 27th running of the $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap (Grade III), a one-mile event on the Matt Winn Turf Course for fillies and mares and the centerpiece of Sunday’s closing day card of the 52-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.
Trainer Helen Pitts was already looking to have an explosive Fourth of July holiday weekend with her stable star Einstein headed for Friday’s Firecracker Handicap (GII). An added bonus could come in Sunday’s one-mile Locust Grove Handicap (GIII) with Meribel.
Trainer Steve Asmussen will be gunning for back-to-back victories in Churchill Downs’ $150,000-added Bashford Manor Stakes (Grade III) when he sends out two of the eight horses entered in Saturday’s 107th running of the six-furlong test for 2-year-olds on the main track.
(July 2, 2008) – Coach Ryan, owned by Rick Pitino’s partnership Ol Memorial Stable and C.E. Glasscock, took advantage of an early speed duel to rally from off the pace to win Wednesday afternoon’s $43,100 Gerald R. Farrell Classic for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs by a widening 2 ¾ lengths over The Darp.
SIX TO LINE UP AGAINST EINSTEIN IN FIRECRACKER – Trainer Helen Pitts’ turf star Einstein will go for his fourth grass victory of 2008 on Friday when he faces six rivals in the 19th running of the $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) to be run at one mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin successfully completed the first step in what could be a journey to Paris to run in the famed Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe with a solid work under jockey Robby Albarado over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Tuesday at Churchill Downs.
(June 29, 2008) – Andrena Van Doren’s Mutadda outlasted Zayat Stables’ Visible Truth by a neck after a spirited duel to win the $45,200 allowance headliner at Churchill Downs on Sunday afternoon.
Churchill Downs will provide its fans an ideal way to ease into the three-day Independence Day holiday weekend and the closing weekend of its 52-day Spring Meet as it offers special “Holiday Happy Hours” during a pre-holiday weekend twilight racing program on Thursday, July 3.
Maggi Moss’ top sprinter Indian Chant, winner of Churchill Downs’ Grade III Aristides in his most recent start on May 31, is headed for Calder’s “Summit of Speed” according to trainer Tom Amoss.
“He is going to work Tuesday or Wednesday,” Amoss said of Indian Chant, whose Florida objective is the Grade II Smile Sprint Stakes at six furlongs.