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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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(June 27, 2008) – Six consecutive double-figure payoffs in the final six races on Friday’s 11-race twilight program at Churchill Downs helped trigger a $24,377 Pick 6 carryover for Saturday.
It did not take long for Jordan Springer to find her way back to the winner’s circle at Churchill Downs.
(June 27, 2008) – Lawrence Carroll’s Bold Start overtook pace-setting Keyed Entry on the far turn and drew off to win Friday’s $48,000 Humana-Senior Products Associates Classic at Churchill Downs by 5 1/2 lengths.
Florida invader Renda, in town for Saturday’s 108th running of the $100,000-added Debutante Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies, made her first trip to the Churchill Downs track Friday morning with trainer Juan Arias in the saddle.
(June 26, 2008) – Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Quota reclaimed the lead at midstretch from Lenawee and went on to score a three-length in Thursday’s $45,200 Valu Market Classic for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs.
With co-owner Lewis Lakin looking on, three-time Churchill Downs graded stakes winner Pure Clan
worked five furlongs on “firm” turf Thursday morning in 1:03.40 with jockey Julien Leparoux up in preparation for the July 5 $750,000 American Oaks Invitational (GI) at Hollywood Park.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District (pictured at left), the runner-up when competing against males in the Grade III Kentucky Stakes on May 1, tops a field of 10 entered Wednesday for Saturday’s 108th running of the $100,000- added Debutante Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs.