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An hour before Kentucky Derby champ Big Brown tries to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes, another IEAH Stables’ 3-year-old will attempt to land the $100,000-added Matt Winn at Churchill Downs.
Stratostar Shines On Any Surface; St. Joe Back To One Turn In Matt Winn; Juveniles Fuel Asmussen's Rise
Hopes for the Allen Paulson Living Trust’s Stratostar were once fairly high, but the 8-year-old gelding has now settled into a groove that any owner and trainer would be thrilled with.
Richard Bertram and Elaine Klein’s homebred Go West Bert slipped through a small opening along the inside rail at the top the stretch and powered home to a 14 ¼-length victory over Bobby Blue Eyes in Wednesday’s $43,100 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
Unbeaten Big Brown, winner of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), got in a final gallop at Churchill Downs on Wednesday before rain started to fall on the historic Twin Spires. After a daylong wait, Big Brown boarded a van around 4:45 p.m.
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Track record-holder Indian Chant cruised to a five-length victory over Success Success to win the $60,000 six-furlong feature for three-year-olds and up Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown had his presence announced on the track shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday with a loud clap of thunder.
Unfazed, Big Brown went about his morning activity, jogging one mile with Michelle Nevin up accompanied by a pony.
WS Farish Jr’s Seaside Retreat roared from off the pace to win the $60,000 feature race for three-year-olds and up by two lengths over even-money favorite Crested on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Ronald Lamarque and Louie Roussel III’s fifth-place Kentucky Derby finisher, Recapturetheglory, has had his Preakness plans put on hold by a fever.
Melynk Racing Stables’ Marchfield lived up to his 4-5 favoritism by running down pacesetter Brilliant Bid to win Friday’s $53,800 allowance feature for three-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths at Churchill Downs.
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Churchill Downs Racetrack has been forced to cut purses by 20 percent, effective Wednesday, May 14, because the Kentucky Horsemen’s Benevolent and Protective Association (“KHBPA”) and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association (“KTA”) have blocked the distribution of Churchill Downs’ simulcast signal to national advance-deposit wagering (“ADW”) sites, including TwinSpires.com., the official ADW site
“Everything’s good here,” trainer Rick Dutrow said Thursday morning after Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, winner of the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) was back in Stall 12 at Barn 22 on the Churchill Downs backstretch.
With Michelle Nevin up, Big Brown went to the track before 7 o’clock and jogged a mile.
Grand Obsession, the 2-1 favorite in a field of eight fillies and mares, rallied past 24-1 longshot Simply Seattle for a 2 ¾-length victory in Thursday’s $36,405 allowance feature at Churchill Downs
Zabeel Racing International’s Tiz Now Tiz Then rallied from just off the pace under Miguel Mena to win Thursday’s $51,300 allowance feature for three-year-olds at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths over Star Defender.
The victory was the fourth of five on the afternoon for Mena.
A victory by a 49-1 longshot in Churchill Downs' 9th race on Wednesday made a single bettor an instant millionaire with the second-largest Pick 6 payout in track history. But the prospect of another mammoth win remained in play as the track's new Super Hi-5 wager was not hit and a record carryover pool of $866,712 will be available for the wager on the final race on Thursday's
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Trainer Rick Dutrow, still fighting a heavy cough, was back at the track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs supervising his 12-horse string in Louisville headlined by Big Brown winner of last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I).
“I’m doing all right; it’s just all that dirt that Big Brown kicked up in my lungs,” Dutrow said with a laugh.
Following a traditional three-day break after the running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Wednesday with large and enticing carryover pools in the track’s Pick 6 and new Super Hi-5 wagers.