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Stronach Stable’s Palm Princess held off a final bid by Miss Causeway to score a head victory in Wednesday’s $42,070 headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs and key a track record $107,647 Super Hi-5 payoff.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin and three-time Grade I turf winner Einstein, the 1-2 finishers in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) on dirt on June 14, top a list of 35 nominations for the 19th running of the Firecracker Handicap (GII) over the Matt Winn Turf Course at a mile on July 4.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin returned to serious training after his recent victory in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) with an easy five-furlong work on Monday at Churchill Downs.
(June 22, 2008) – Robert Hovelson’s Swingit made a last-to-first move on the far turn under Brian Hernandez Jr. to sweep past five rivals and cruise to a 1 ¾-length victory in Sunday’s $50,400 headliner at Churchill Downs for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
Twin Creeks Racing Stable’s Garden District completed her major preparations for Saturday’s expected run in the 108th edition of the Debutante Stakes (Grade III) for 2-year-old fillies by working five furlongs in 1:02.20 over a “fast” track Sunday morning at Churchill Downs.
(June 21, 2008) – Burr Travis Racing II’s Itsallaboutthechase, the longest shot in the field of seven allowance runners, held off a late bid from favored Cowtown Cat to win Saturday’s $50,400 Xavier University Musketeer Race at Churchill Downs.
(June 21, 2008) – Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan suffered minor injuries in a spill in the first race Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs. He was taken to Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville for x-rays, which revealed no broken bones or serious injuries, according to his agent Doc Danner.
AMERICAN DERBY NEXT UP FOR TIZDEJAVU – Trainer Greg Fox was still floating on Cloud Nine a week after Tizdejavu’s authoritative four-length victory in the Jefferson Cup (GII) on “Stephen Foster Super Saturday” at Churchill Downs.
(June 20, 2008) – Windmill Manor Farm’s Knights Cross rallied from just off the pace to win Friday’s $45,200 Centric Consulting Classic at Churchill Downs by 1 3/4 lengths over Foster.
Regret (GIII) winner Pure Clan returned to the track Thursday morning for the first time since winning her third stakes race at Churchill Downs – and her first over the Matt Winn Turf Course.
(June 19, 2008) – Scarlet Stable’s Canela took the lead soon after the start and never relinquished it in winning the $45,200 SIOR Cup on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
It would be an understatement to say that jockey Jamie Theriot has found his groove in the past three weeks at Churchill Downs.
(June 18, 2008) – Jockey Jamie Theriot became the seventh rider in Churchill Downs history to ride six winners in a single day. He accomplished the feat Wednesday on only seven mounts, an achievement last achieved by Pat Day on Nov. 15, 1984, one of four times Day won six races on a single card in addition to a track-record seven-win day.
Churchill Downs Incorporated has reached an agreement with the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority regarding procedures followed for assigning assistant starters during Kentucky Derby 134 on Saturday, May 3, 2008. CDI has agreed to pay an administrative assessment of $15,000, but does not admit any wrongdoing as part of the agreement.
(June 15, 2008) – Mrs SK Johnston Jr’s Rock Gold rallied past pacesetter Crack the Cognac in the final strides to win Sunday’s Father’s Day Classic, a $41,040 allowance sprint for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs, by a neck.
With a dominant 4 ¼-length victory by reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin in the $1 million Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) behind him, trainer Steve Asmussen was looking toward the future for his champion on Sunday morning. And the immediate future could have a distinctive green tint, as in the color of grass.
Reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin made a spectacular return to competition in the United States when he cruised to an easy 4 1/4-length victory over nine rivals in the 27th running of Saturday’s $1 million-guaranteed Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.
Frank Calabrese’s Dreaming of Anna lived up to her 1-2 favoritism by cruising to a front-running 2 ½-length victory over Ballymore Lady in the 32nd running of the Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.