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Vexed Wins Golden Rod, Gives Iconic Claiborne Farm Record-Equaling 32nd Stakes Win at Churchill Downs
Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Vexed raced close to the pace throughout and drew clear in the stretch to win Saturday’s 70th running of the $169,050 Golden Rod (Grade II) at Churchill Downs by one-length over a game Bird Maker.
“He popped a “stone gravel” – a stone bruise. It popped out of his coronet band yesterday. He’s sound on it and we were able to treat it topically. He was fine this morning. The state vet was here and she thought he was sound. But I know he’s not quite 100 percent, and as the day has gone on some infection has been building up in the foot.
On the morning after his dramatic, last-gasp victory over favored Game On Dude in the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), Willis D.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, beaten a nose by Mucho Macho Man in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I) on Nov.
After an uncharacteristically slow start following his first Eclipse Award season as a trainer, Dale Romans gained momentum in the second half of 2013 largely on the strength of promising young horses in his barn.
Becky Winemiller’s 4-year-old filly Wine Princess concluded her racing career in brilliant style on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs with an authoritative 2 ¾-length win over 8-5 favorite Don’t Tell Sophia in the 98th running of the $165,300 Falls City Handicap (Grade II).
After dusk-to-dawn work in bone-chilling temperatures by Churchill Downs’ track maintenance team, there was a small window for training activity over the main track early Thanksgiving morning, and California-based visitor Game On Dude made the most of it.
When the racing year at Churchill Downs Racetrack winds to a close on Saturday (Nov.
The last time Stoneway Farm’s Stonetastic visited Churchill Downs, she returned to her home base in New Jersey with a near-miss loss that was also the first setback in her promising young career.
Chuck and Maribeth Sandford’s Almost Famous, one of the nation’s most tantalizing 2-year-old prospects, landed post position No. 1 and heads a field of 10 juveniles entered for Saturday’s 87th running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
The major players for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) are now in place at Churchill Downs following the early afternoon arrival of morning line favorite Game On Dude early Wednesday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Game On Dude, a seven-time Grade I winner in California, will break from the rail and Travers (GI) champ Will Take Charge, who lost the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) by a nose, landed post No.
Holiday Betting Bargains Abound in Earliest Kentucky Derby Future Wager, But 'All Others" Heavily Favored
Thanksgiving Weekend racing fans looking for great deals on contenders for the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) have opportunities this week to do their earliest shopping ever as Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) opens a four-day run on Wednesday, Nov. 27.
While the journey of seven-time Grade I winner Game On Dude to Churchill Downs for Friday’s $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) has been much discussed, another Clark hope will ship to the track with much less fanfare on Tuesday.
A field of nine fillies and mares, led by Grade II winners Don’t Tell Sophia and Fiftyshadesofhay, has been entered for the 98th running of the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.
Eclipse Award hopeful Game On Dude worked a strong four furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday and afterward trainer Bob Baffert said his seven-time Grade I stakes winner would ship to Churchill Downs on Wednesday to compete in Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare...
Maribel Ruelas’ Potomac River, the longest shot in the field of 10 three-year-olds and up, made a bold five-wide move on the far turn and rolled to a two-length victory over Set the Sail in the 36th running of the $116,300 River City Handicap (Grade III) on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
A trio of contenders for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) took advantage of Saturday morning’s dry weather and a fast track to turn in their final works in preparation for the premiere race of Churchill Downs’ 25-day Fall Meet.
Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, a top contender for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Nov. 30, was on the Churchill Downs track the instant it opened at 6 a.m. (all times EST) on Friday for his final work for next week’s race.
The prospective field for the 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) now includes another Grade I winner following trainer Kenny McPeek’s decision to run Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket in the Nov. 29 race.