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(May 22, 2008) – Jockey Robby Albarado became only the seventh jockey in Churchill Downs history to win 700 races under the Twin Spires when Shive’s Success rallied to three-length victory in Thursday’s seventh race at the historic Louisville track. It was Albarado’s second win of the day.
Denis of Cork, Macho Again On Track For Belmont; McPeek's 3-Year-Old Fillies Take To The Turf; Jockeys' Race Tightens
(May 22, 2008) - Two Churchill Downs-based 3-year-olds that are being pointed toward a battle against unbeaten Kentucky Derby (Grade I) winner and Triple Crown winner Big Brown in the Belmont Stakes (GI) were reported to be doing well with just over two weeks remaining before the June 7 “Test of the Champion.”
(May 22, 2008) – Multiple graded stakes-winning geldings Brass Hat and Silverfoot headline a field of 11 older horses entered in Saturday’s 71st edition of the $150,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs today announced that Matt Koontz, a 24-year-old horseplayer from Las Vegas, has won the 2008 Kentucky Derby “Road to the Roses” Fantasy Challenge, a free online contest sponsored by Quint Events. In addition to the grand prize VIP trip for two to the 2009 Kentucky Derby, Koontz also collected a record $16,150.76 by
(May 21, 2008) – Faith’s Magic, a 15-1 longshot trained by Jeff Talley and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, collected his third win in his last four starts with a neck victory over A.P. Xcellent in Wednesday’s $44,575 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
- GRAEME SIX WORKS TOWARD WINNING COLORS
- PURE CLAN TURNS IN FIRST WORK SINCE KENTUCKY OAKS
A busy Monday at Churchill Downs saw significant training moves by several major stakes winners, including works by reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and Belmont Stakes (Grade I) contender Denis of Cork.
(May 18, 2008) – Arthur B Hancock III’s homebred Shone collected his second win at Churchill Downs this season with a comfortable four-length victory over Badger Barry and 9-5 favorite First Degree in Sunday’s $45,200 allowance feature.
Ashbrook Farm’s Wicked Style, winner of the Lane’s End Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) at Keeneland and one of the top 2-year-olds of 2007, is set to make his anticipated debut at three in a one-mile allowance race on turf on Wednesday at Churchill Downs.
(May 17, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Eaton’s Gift turned back a strong challenge from Devereux in deep stretch and inched clear late for a 1 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $108,800 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. Ling Ling Qi, the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven 3-year-olds, finished third.
Denis Of Cork Eyes Belmont, Breezes Monday; Elite Squadron to Aristides; Brass Hat Sharp In Work For Louisville 'Cap
- DENIS OF CORK EYES BELMONT, SET FOR MONDAY WORK
- ELITE SQUADRON TARGETS CHURCHILL’S ARISTIDES
- THERIOT READY FOR PREAKNESS MOUNT ON KENTUCKY BEAR
- MENA CONTINUES SIZZLING START ON SPRING MEET
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 16, 2008) – Talley Racing’s 11-1 longshot Initforthekandy led every step of the way under jockey John McKee and held off a late charge by 8-5 favorite Aspiring and 5-2 second choice Day of Victory to win Friday’s $45,200 allowance feature at Churchill Downs by a half-length.
(May 16, 2008) – Louisville-based UPS employees are expected to deliver strong support for their namesake Big Brown on Saturday at Churchill Downs as the historic racetrack hosts a “UPS Day at the Races” in conjunction with a simulcast of the Preakness Stakes from Pimlico Race Course.
Michael Jarvis and Ken Smole’s Scarlet Love, ridden by Jesus Castanon, rallied to a 3 ½-length victory over 8-5 favorite Pathologist in Thursday’s $36,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
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.
- KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER BIG BROWN IN EAGER IN GALLOP
- TYLER BAZE VISITS TO WORK TRES BORRACHOS