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Benefiting from a ground-saving ride by John Velazquez, Zabeel Racing International’s Game Face held off Keep the Peace by a neck in the 53rd running of the $168,450 La Troienne Stakes (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Tom Walters’ Elite Squadron took the lead out of the gate and never looked back in posting a front-running 4 1/2-length victory in the 74th running of the $282,000 Churchill Downs (Grade II), the first of six graded stakes on the Kentucky Derby 134 card at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Near constant rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of fans at Churchill Downs as Proud Spell, the 3-1 favorite, worked her magic in Kentucky Oaks 134, dominating a field of 10 fillies as a crowd of 100,046 looked on, the ninth largest on-track gathering in Kentucky Oaks history. The dreary weather, which forced fans from their seats during repeated downpours, did take its toll on wagering.
Brereton C Jones’ Proud Spell demolished a field of 10 classy three-year-old fillies by powering to a five-length victory in the 134th running of the $581,650 Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs on a rainy Friday afternoon before a crowd of 100,046.
Michael Cooper and Pamela Ziebarth’s Tizdejavu made his turf debut a winning one by holding off favored Sailor’s Cap by a neck in the 17th running of the $174,450 Crown Royal American Turf (Grade III) for three-year-olds on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Tizdejavu covered the distance over a “yielding” turf course in 1:46.14 under jockey Garrett Gomez.
Stronach Stable’s Giant Gizmo roared from off the pace to run down dueling leaders Better Than Bonds and Wanderin Boy in the stretch en route to a 3 3/4-length victory in the fifth running of the $166,050 Alysheba Stakes (Grade III) for 3-year-olds and up on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Zayat Stables’ Zee Zee took the lead soon after the break and maintained a clear advantage all the way around to post a 1 3/4-length victory over My Baby Baby in the 24th running of the $168,600 Edgewood Stakes for 3-year-old fillies on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Stronach Stable’s Eclipse Award-winning mare Ginger Punch showed her championship class Friday at Churchill Downs by posting a 3 3/4-length victory over Leah’s Secret in the 23rd running of the $340,200 Louisville Stakes (Grade II).
Carl Moore Management and Martin Racing Stable’s Mr. Nightlinger posted a front-running one-length victory Friday afternoon in the 14th running of the $126,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein (BRZ) will be hoping the third time’s the charm Saturday when he takes on seven rivals in the 22nd running of the $400,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), one of five graded stakes preceding the 134th running of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.
A field of 12 three-year-old fillies, headed by Grade I winners Country Star, Little Belle and Golden Doc A as well as possible Kentucky Derby starter Eight Belles, was entered Tuesday for Friday’s 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.
Wagering on the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks and Woodford Reserve to be Allowed on TwinSpires.com and Xpressbet.com
Officials with Churchill Downs Racetrack announced today that TwinSpires.com, the official advanced-deposit wagering (“ADW”) site for Churchill Downs Incorporated (the “Company”), and Xpressbet.com would be accepting wagers on the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum!
Roy and Gretchen Jackson, the owners of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, today announced that they have selected renowned equine sculptor Alexa King to portray Barbaro in bronze. The statue will become the focal point of Barbaro's official memorial and burial site at Churchill Downs.
The Grade III Kentucky Stakes for two-year-olds has been the exclusive property of trainer Steve Asmussen for the past five years.
On Thursday, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Merkel will attempt to run the string to six when he faces seven foes in the $150,000, five-furlong race. A son of Forest Wildcat, Merkel will break from the rail under Shaun Bridgmohan.
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s undefeated Big Brown was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite Wednesday afternoon over 19 rivals for Saturday’s 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) at Churchill Downs.
Sean Mulryan’s Ballymore Lady lived up to her 7-5 favorite status by defeating Water Gap by one length in Tuesday’s $56,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
The morning line odds for the 2008 Kentucky Oaks are now available following the post position draw on the morning of Tuesday, April 29. Click the link below to access post positions, jockeys, and morning line for the 134th running of the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), to be run on Friday, May 2.
West Point Thoroughbreds’ Macho Again rallied past favored Kodiak Kowboy in the final 50 yards to post a half-length victory Saturday in the $115,200 Derby Trial, the opening day feature of the 52-day Churchill Downs Spring Meet that will be highlighted by the 134th running of the $2 million guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 3.
Churchill Downs kicks off its 134th Spring Meet and the celebration of Kentucky Derby Week on Saturday, April 26, as the historic home of the “Run for the Roses” opens its 52-day spring session with an 11-race program headed by the 84th running of the $100,000-added Derby Trial.