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Wilkes Celebrates First Official Stakes Win with 'Candyman'; Pocahontas Romp By Sara Louise No Surprise To Romans
WILKES NOTCHES ‘FIRST' CHURCHILL STAKES VICTORY WITH ‘CANDYMAN' IN IROQUOIS - Trainer Ian Wilkes has made many visits to the Churchill Downs winner's circle since he first arrived at Churchill Downs from Australia nearly 20 years ago - including a couple of stops in the exclusive Kentucky Derby winner's circle with mentor Carl Nafzger. But Saturday's "Stars of Tomorr
THIRTY-FOUR NOMINATED TO 36TH RUNNING OF CARDINAL - The $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (GIII), to be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course on Nov. 15 for fillies and mares three-years-old and up, drew 34 nominees. Weights for the race, won last year by Stuart Janney III and Phipps Stable's Criminologist, will be announced Saturday.
(Nov. 5, 2008) – Trainer Barclay Tagg returns to the scene of his greatest triumph in racing on Saturday when he sends out Lael Stables’ My Princess Jess in the 18th running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (GII) for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
(Nov. 2, 2008) – Leah’s Secret, ridden by Rene Douglas, cruised to her third graded stakes triumph with a half-length victory over Unforgotten in Sunday’s $170,400 Chilukki Stakes (Grade II) for fillies and mares age 3 and up at Churchill Downs.
Capt. Candyman Can, whose name was inspired by a 1970's hit song by Sammy Davis Jr., proved just as popular on the track as he grabbed the lead heading into the far turn under jockey Julien Leparoux and rolled to a three-length victory in Saturday's 28th running of the $111,100 Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes for 2-year-olds on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Albarado Still Rolling, Hopes For Another Ride on Curlin; Fields Take Shape for Mrs. Revere, Commonwealth Turf
ALBARADO STILL ROLLING, HOPING FOR ANOTHER RIDE ON CURLIN - A strong start on the 26-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs indicates that jockey Robby Albarado is in no danger of slowing down in a 2008 racing season that is close to equaling a 2007 season that was the best of his career.
(Nov. 1, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Baroness Thatcher, who narrowly missed Grade I glory in the Humana Distaff on Kentucky Derby Day, will seek redemption Sunday at Churchill Downs as she heads a competitive field of 11 fillies and mares scheduled to start in the $150,000 Chilukki Stakes (Grade II).
With the 2009 “Run for the Roses” only six months away, Churchill Downs today unveiled the official logos for Kentucky Derby 135 and its companion event, Kentucky Oaks 135, as fans at the historic racetrack enjoyed the “Stars of Tomorrow I” racing program, featuring 11 races for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds that could shortly be on the 2009 Kentucky Derby and Oaks trails. The Kentucky Derby and Ke
A colorful painting that depicts racing under the shadows of the Twin Spires by Atlanta-based artist Jeff Williams has been unveiled as the official art of the 2009 “Art of the Kentucky Derby” series that celebrates next year’s 135th renewals of the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks.
Peter Blum’s 4-year-old filly Elope collected her third win in four starts with a 2 ¾-length victory over Tequilas Dayjur in Friday’s $60,700 Dream Supreme Handicap at Churchill Downs.
The eight horses entered in Saturday’s 28th running of the Iroquois (Grade III) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs is a bit unusual in that none of the eight young starters in the one-mile race has won a stakes race.
A strong year for veteran trainer James Baker hit a significant bump when injury prematurely ended the career of stable star Elite Squadron, but Baker hopes to regain some lost momentum when he saddles a pair of rising young stars in the two stakes races that highlight Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow” program at Churchill Downs.
The historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs will be glowing pink both inside and out through the month of November as the home of the Kentucky Derby takes part in Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear’s “Horses and Hope initiative to raise breast cancer awareness in the state’s horse industry.
Carl Moore's Chamberlain Bridge, ridden by Jaime Theriot and trained by Bret Calhoun, wore down pacesetter Piratesonthelake in deep stretch to win Thursday's $52,940 Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund feature race at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths.
A $28,754 carryover in the revamped Z-5 (Super Hi-5) awaits horse racing fans at Churchill Downs as bettors across North America attempt to correctly select the top five finishers in Thursday’s third race.
(Oct. 29, 2008) – Janis R. Whitham’s homebred 3-year-old filly Nursery Rhyme overcame trouble in traffic at the head of the stretch to rally for a head victory over Kiawah’s Magic in Wednesday’s $48,000 The Lord’s Kitchen allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
ZITO SAYS COMMENTATOR IS ‘POSSIBLE' FOR CLARK HANDICAP - Two-time Whitney Handicap (Grade I) winner Commentator could end his successful racing season at Churchill Downs with a bid for the 134th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GII).
Churchill Downs to Give Away $10,000 in College Scholarships on Friday, Oct. 31; Free Admission to All College Students
(Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2008) – It’s sure to be a Happy Halloween for at least 10 college students on Friday, Oct. 31 at Churchill Downs as the Louisville, Ky. racetrack and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association give away $10,000 in college scholarships.
Reigning "Horse of the Year" Curlin is back in familiar surroundings at Churchill Downs following a Monday flight from southern California and the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.