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Sizzling O'Connor Cooks Up 41 Percent Win Rate

Rob O’Connor has been training horses at Churchill Downs for more than two decades, but he never has had a meet such as the current one.

When Sneak a Drink scored a 5-1 odds in Friday’s second race, she gave O’Connor his seventh victory from just 17 starters. That is a 41 percent win rate with an average payoff of $16.50.

Natalicat Gives Apprentice Rodriguez Riding Double

(June 13, 2008) – Country Ridge Racing’s Natalicat wore down favored Pure Star in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the Friday afternoon headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs by a half-length and give apprentice jockey Diego Rodriguez his second win of the day.

Daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby Champ Winning Colors Spectacular in Debut Friday

(June 13, 2008) – Gainesway Thoroughbreds Ltd.’s Ocean Colors, a 2-year-old homebred daughter of 1988 Kentucky Derby winner Winning Colors, made her racing debut one to remember Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs by scoring a front-running 5 1/4-length victory over Jehan in the fourth race.

No End In Sight For Milestone Reaching Melancon

It’s 900 wins under the Twin Spires of Churchill Downs and counting for jockey Larry Melancon, who reached the mark Thursday when he guided A.P. Xcellent to a front-running victory in the eighth race.

Melancon Records 900th Churchill Victory, Raving Rocket Wins 11th Straight, Super Hi-5 Pays $66,598

(June 12, 2008) – Veteran jockey Larry Melancon secured his 900th riding victory at Churchill Downs when he guided A.P. Xcellent to a front-running two-length score over Wise River in Thursday afternoon’s $47,400 D.D. Williamson’s Leadership Challenge purse for 3-year-olds and up.

'Anxious' Asmussen Ready For Stephen Foster Run by 'Horse of the Year' Curlin

The countdown to the opening of the second half of the 2008 campaign by Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin is now down to hours, and trainer Steve Asmussen is ready to see the imposing chestnut colt run in Saturday’s $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I).

Hystericalady Heads Grade II Fleur De Lis; Champion Dreaming of Anna Heads Early Mint Julep on Foster Undercard

Rancho San Miguel, George Todaro and Jerry Hollendorfer’s Hystericalady, runner-up in last fall’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (Grade I), makes her second appearance of the spring at Churchill Downs on Saturday when she heads a field of six fillies and mares ages 3 and up for the 34th running of the $300,000-added

I'm So Lucky Romps in Churchill Downs Feature

(June 11, 2008) – John Oxley’s I’m So Lucky overwhelmed eight rivals to win Wednesday afternoon’s $43,100 Pride of the Virginias’ allowance for 3-year-olds by 4 1/4 lengths at Churchill Downs.

'Horse of the Year' Curlin Draws Rail, Odds-On Favorite Faces Nine In $1 Million Stephen Foster Handicap

Stonestreet Stables and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin is scheduled to make his first start since his emphatic Dubai World Cup (Grade I) victory on March 29 when he faces nine rivals in the 27th running of the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Saltgrass Trail Gives Flint 400th Churchill Downs Victory

(June 11, 2008) – Bernie Flint became the fourth trainer in Churchill Downs history to accumulate 400 victories under the historic Twin Spires when Saltgrass Trail won the second race on Wednesday’s card.

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Delightful Kiss Set For Belated Churchill Dirt Debut in Stephen Foster Handicap

DELIGHTFUL KISS RETURNS TO HIS OLD KENTUCKY HOME – A year ago, trainer Pete Anderson was hopeful of getting a matchup against Curlin on the main track at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby with Hobeau Farm’s Delightful Kiss.

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Churchill Downs to Market-Test New Matrix Wagering Format

(June 9, 2008) – Churchill Downs will begin testing a new wagering format with on-track customers Wednesday that allows patrons to bundle win, exacta and trifecta plays at a lower price per bet.

Curlin Works Easy Half-Mile In Prep For Possible Stephen Foster Run

Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin completed his serious training for Saturday’s Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) with an easy half-mile work on Monday at Churchill Downs.

Thorn Song Wins Sunday Feature

(June 8, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Thorn Song took advantage of a hedge-skimming ride by Robby Albarado to rally to win Sunday’s $50,400 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs by 1 1/2 lengths over Obi Wan Kenobi.

Fields Taking Shape For June 14 'Stephen Foster Super Saturday'

Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin could be asked to concede between 10 and 15 pounds to horses under consideration for Saturday’s Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) at Churchill Downs.

Fujita Takes Saturday Feature

(June 7, 2008) – My Purple Haze Stables’ Fujita drew off in deep stretch to defeat Stryker and Parioli’s Trick, who dead-heated for second, by two lengths and win the $45,200 allowance feature for 3-year-olds and up Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Curlin Assigned 128 Pounds For Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap

CURLIN ASSIGNED 128 POUNDS FOR GRADE I STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP – Stonestreet Stable and Midnight Cry Stable’s reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin was assigned 128 pounds for next Saturday’s mile and one-eighth Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) at Churchill Downs by Racing Secretary Ben Huffman.

Le Dauphin Annexes Friday Feature

(June 6, 2008) – Saud bin Khaled’s Le Dauphin outgamed Valtrus in stretch-long duel to prevail by a neck and win Friday afternoon’s $43,100 allowance feature race at Churchill Downs for 3-year-olds and up.