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Pitts Looking For Holiday Weekend Stakes Sweep

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. 

Asmussen Saddles Pair in Search of Back-to-Back Bashford Manor Wins

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.

Coach Ryan Takes Farrell Classic at Churchill Downs

(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.

Three-Time Grade I Winner Einstein Faces Six in Firecracker Handicap

 

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.

Spring Meet In The Homestretch, Five Racing Days Remain

 

Champion Curlin Pleases In First Work On Turf, Race On Grass Next In Possible Arc Bid

 

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.

Mutadda Narrowly Prevails in Feature

(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.

Final 'Happy Hour' Set for Thursday, July 3

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.

Aristides Winner Indian Chant Pointing Toward Calder's 'Summit'

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.

Garden District Wins 108th Running of Grade III Debutante Stakes

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District, benefiting from a rail-skimming ride from Robby Albarado, scored a half-length victory over Rachel Alexandra to win the 108th running of the $112,500 Grade III Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.

Einstein Could Face Eight Rivals In July 4 Firecracker

Three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein will be asked to concede between 6-10 pounds to as many as eight rivals in Friday’s 19th running of the $200,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at a mile on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

$24,377 Pick 6 Carryover On Saturday

(June 27, 2008) – Six consecutive double-figure payoffs in the final six races on Friday’s 11-race twilight program at Churchill Downs helped trigger a $24,377 Pick 6 carryover for Saturday.

Springer Returns to Races in Style, Racing Academy Grad Straight Fifth in Debut

It did not take long for Jordan Springer to find her way back to the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.

Bold Start Dominant in Friday Feature

(June 27, 2008) – Lawrence Carroll’s Bold Start overtook pace-setting Keyed Entry on the far turn and drew off to win Friday’s $48,000 Humana-Senior Products Associates Classic at Churchill Downs by 5 1/2 lengths.

Will Florida Invader Renda Be A "Calder Cannonball" in 108th Debutante?

Florida invader Renda, in town for Saturday’s 108th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies, made her first trip to the Churchill Downs track Friday morning with trainer Juan Arias in the saddle.

Quota Gives Albarado Riding Triple; $17,238 Pick 6 Carryover on Friday

(June 26, 2008) – Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Quota reclaimed the lead at midstretch from Lenawee and went on to score a three-length in Thursday’s $45,200 Valu Market Classic for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs.

Pure Clan Works On Turf For Trip To American Oaks

With co-owner Lewis Lakin looking on, three-time Churchill Downs graded stakes winner Pure Clan

worked five furlongs on “firm” turf Thursday morning in 1:03.40 with jockey Julien Leparoux up in preparation for the July 5 $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (GI) at Hollywood Park.

Garden District Faces Nine In Saturday's $100,000 Debutante Stakes

Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District (pictured at left), the runner-up when competing against males in the Grade III Kentucky Stakes on May 1, tops a field of 10 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 108th running of the $100,000- added Debutante Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs.

Palm Princess Sparks Track Record $107,647 Super Hi-5 Payoff

Stronach Stable’s Palm Princess held off a final bid by Miss Causeway to score a head victory in Wednesday’s $42,070 headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs and key a track record $107,647 Super Hi-5 payoff.

Stephen Foster Heroes Curlin, Einstein Head Nominations to Firecracker Handicap

Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein, the 1-2 finishers in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on dirt on June 14, top a list of 35 nominations for the 19th running of the Firecracker Handicap (GII) over the Matt Winn Turf Course at a mile on July 4.