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With Career Milestone In Pocket, Borel Looks To A Calm Summer

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.

Screen Your Friend’s Bashford Manor Win Gives Borel Milestone

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. 

$4,232 Pick 6 Carryover for Sunday 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. 

Thorn Song, Einstein Check Out Well After Firecracker

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.

Thorn Song Sticks Einstein In Firecracker At Churchill Downs

(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.

Champion Wait a While Bound for Saratoga's Grade I Diana

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.

$10,665 Pick 6 Carryover on Friday at Churchill Downs

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. 

Vanquisher Vanquishes Turf Foes at Churchill Downs

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.

Graded Stakes Winners Head Churchill's Closing-Day Locust Grove 'Cap

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.

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.