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Churchill Downs welcomed outstanding Metro Louisville area high school students who are members of the 2008 Churchill Downs Governor's Scholars initiative to the historic home of the Kentucky Derby with a reception at the track on Wednesday, Nov. 19.
(November 19, 2008) – Trainer Mike Maker established a Churchill Downs Fall Meet record for victories Wednesday afternoon when One Eyed Joker won the eighth race for Maker’s 21st triumph of the season.
(November 19, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Thorn Song will face 10 rivals Saturday as he shoots for consecutive victories in the $100,000-added River City Handicap (Grade III) to be run at a mile and one-eighth over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
(November 16, 2008) – Tim Standafer and Rick Tipton’s Simply Seattle repulsed a bid from favored Time Flies at the top of the stretch and drew off in the final eighth of a mile to win Sunday’s $42,780 allowance feature at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths.
Cardinal Winner Indescribable Passes Test on 'Yielding' Turf; Clark Handicap Candidate Einstein Breezes In Slop
INDESCRIBABLE PASSES YIELDING TURF TEST IN CARDINAL - Kenny McCarthy, assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, reported that Courtlandt Farms' Indescribable came out of her stirring victory in Saturday's Grade III Cardinal Handicap in good order and would be headed to Florida at the end of the month.
THORN SONG ASSIGNED HIGH WEIGHT OF 122 FOR RIVER CITY - Zayat Stables' Thorn Song, whose victory in the 2007 River City Handicap (Grade III) marked the first of three graded-stakes scores for the Dale Romans trainee, was assigned high weight of 122 pounds for the 33rd renewal of the race scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 22.
(November 15, 2008) – Courtlandt Farms’ Indescribable closed from far back to nip Long Approach in the shadow of the wire to win the 36th running of the $113,400 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) by a head at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
(November 15, 2008) – Team USA beat Team World by the slimmest of margins, 10 points to 9 ½, in Saturday’s inaugural “Rider Cup” for charity at Churchill Downs.
(November 15, 2008) – Trainer Mike Maker equaled the Churchill Downs record for most victories at a Fall Meet when Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Ya Think won the seventh race.
(November 15, 2008) – Owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey of Nicholasville, Ky., notched their 16th victory of the Fall Meet on Saturday when Ya Think won the seventh race. The victory, on the 16th day of the 26-day meet, broke the Fall Meet record established in 1965 by T.
(November 14, 2008) – Koolmen Racing Stable’s A to the Croft made short work of four rivals to win Friday afternoon’s featured $44,160 Schiller, Osbourn, Barnes & Maloney Purse at Churchill Downs.
Romans Now #2 In All-Time Wins by Churchill Trainers; Unbeaten Euroears Could Return in Bet On Sunshine
RISE OF ROMANS EMPIRE CONTINUES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS - The victory by Zayat Stables' Melo in Thursday's first race was the 450th triumph beneath the Twin Spires for trainer Dale Romans, moving him past D. Wayne Lukas into second place all time at Churchill Downs.
(November 14, 2008) – Retired Hall of Fame jockeys Pat Day and Angel Cordero Jr. will captain Team USA and Team World, respectively, in the inaugural “Rider Cup” for charity on Saturday, Nov. 15 at Churchill Downs.
(November 13, 2008) – W.S. Farish and Joseph Shields Jr.’s Diverse prevailed best by a nose after a deep stretch duel with Kiss the Queen to win Thursday’s featured $44,100 Kentucky Derby Museum Purse at Churchill Downs.
COMMENTATOR SETTLES IN FOR CLARK HANDICAP BID - Tracy Farmer's Commentator has answered a lot of questions in his five-year racing career. But the question of how good a horse he could be was answered at Churchill Downs on a cold November day in 2004.
(November 12, 2008) – Alan Pesch, George Bolton and Fog City Stables’ Forty Grams spurted clear of the field at the head of the stretch and drew out to a 2 ¾-length victory in Wednesday’s featured $47,260 Ronald McDonald House Charities Purse at Churchill Downs.
Agent Bass the "Doughnut King" After Leparoux's Record Day; Wrona Has Memorable Debut In Announcer's Booth
LEPAROUX'S RECORD DAY GOOD FOR THE DOUGHNUT BUSINESS - Agent Steve Bass was a busy and popular man as Churchill Downs' "doughnut king" on Wednesday, the morning after his rider, Julien Leparoux, produced a record-tying seven-victory day at the Louisville track.
(November 12, 2008) – Three Chimneys LLC’s Callwood Dancer (IRE) will carry high weight of 122 pounds and break from post position five under Eurico Da Silva in Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
(November 11, 2008) – Jockey Julien Leparoux rode seven winners on the Veterans Day card Tuesday at Churchill Downs to match the single-day record of Hall of Famer Pat Day who initially set the mark on June 20, 1984, when he rode all eight races on that day’s card.
FAIR GROUNDS OR CALDER NEXT STOP FOR NISTLE'S CRUNCH - A half-length victory in Sunday's Commonwealth Turf (GIII) by Alien Farm's Nistle's Crunch had trainer Ken McPeek eagerly looking ahead to the next start for the New Jersey-bred son of Van Nistelrooy.