Saturday, June 13 2015


STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP QUOTES


NORMAN CASSE, assistant trainer of NOBLE BIRD (winner): “I’ve been around a lot of good horses and he’s been working about as good as I have seen a horse train – just week after week. He just ran in the Alysheba and ran a really big race in that, and he’s just gotten better from there and he rewarded our confidence. Last summer we had him here before we went out to Del Mar and I told Dad (trainer Mark Casse) back then that I thought that he was a very talented dirt horse. Things just didn’t happen that way and then he went to Oaklawn and he had to run on the dirt obviously. I just think that’s a testament to how gutsy this horse is. He’s trained extremely well and he wanted to win just as bad as we did. We’d probably have to look at the older horse races at Saratoga. I think he deserves to be in that discussion.





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Triple Crown Champ American Pharoah Resume Galloping


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 13, 2015) - Zayat Stables' champion American Pharoah took his training up a notch Saturday when the Triple Crown winner galloped 1 ¼ miles on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. ET after the renovation break. Exercise rider George Alvarez was in the irons for the homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile's first gallop since his 5 ½-length triumph in the June 6 Belmont Stakes (GI) where he became the first horse to win the Triple Crown since Affirmed in 1978.





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Thursday, June 11 2015


Stephen Foster Undercard Stakes Advances


SHEER DRAMA, GRADE I WINNER MY SWEET ADDICTION FAVORED OVER LOCAL STARS
UNDER THE LIGHTS IN BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ FLEUR DE LIS HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 3, 2015) – Florida invader Sheer Drama and California-based Grade I winner My Sweet Addiction will find a strong group of Churchill Downs-based stars awaiting them in the starting gate Saturday evening for the 40th running of the $200,000 Fleur De Lis Handicap Presented by Thorntons (Grade II), part of the “Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In Distaff Division” Challenge and one of four stakes events offered during the “Downs After Dark” celebration highlighted by the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap and an on-track appearance by Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.





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Churchill Downs Stakes Advance


CLARK WINNER HOPPERTUNITY, GRADE I WINNER LEA, 2014 BELMONT RUNNER-UP COMMISSIONER HEAD BREEDERS’ CUP ‘WIN AND YOU’RE IN’ FOSTER; SHARE SPOTLIGHT WITH APPEARANCE BY TRIPLE CROWN WINNER AMERICAN PHAROAH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 10, 2015) – Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) winner Hoppertunity; Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s globe-trotting Lea, third to Prince Bishop in his most recent start in the $10 million Dubai World Cup (Grade I), and WinStar Farm LLC’s Commissioner, runner-up to Tonalist in the 2014 Belmont Stakes (GI) and winner of the recent Pimlico Special (GIII), head a field of seven 3-year-olds and up entered to compete in Saturday’s 34th running of the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE (GI), the racing highlight of a special “Downs After Dark” program that also features a public appearance by Zayat Stables’ Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.





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Tuesday, June 02 2015


Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Tue 6/2


American Pharoah June 2 departure photo credit: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography

KEEN ICE BREEZES FOUR FURLONGS IN :50.20 FOR BELMONT STAKES; AMERICAN PHAROAH, KEEN ICE BOUND FOR NEW YORK

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 2, 2015) - Donegal Racing's Keen Ice put in his final work Tuesday at Churchill Downs before taking on Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah in Saturday's $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) at Belmont Park.





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Monday, June 01 2015


Churchill Downs Notes: American Pharoah Breezes Five Furlongs in 1:00.20


AMERICAN PHAROAH BREEZES FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:00.20 FOR BELMONT STAKES;
SCHEDULED TO LEAVE BARN 33 FOR NEW YORK ON TUESDAY AT 10 A.M. ET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Monday, June 1, 2015) – Under cloudy skies, light rain and 58 degrees, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah completed his serious preparation for Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) with a five-furlong breeze over a Churchill Downs track rated “fast” in 1:00.20 with Martin Garcia in the saddle.





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Saturday, May 30 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah Gallops


AMERICAN PHAROAH GALLOPS 1 ½ MILES AT CHURCHILL DOWNS; BAFFERT REPORTS TRIPLE CROWN HOPEFUL WILL BREEZE MONDAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 30, 2015) - With only one week until the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI), Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah stepped up his training on Saturday morning with a 1 ½-mile gallop on the Churchill Downs main track at 8:30 a.m. ET.





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Friday, May 29 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah Back to Gallops; ‘Everything is Super Positive’


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 29, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah, preparing for a sweep of the Triple Crown in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 6, had a schooling session in the Churchill Downs starting gate and resumed galloping around the one-mile oval on Friday morning.





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Thursday, May 28 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah Jogs; Conquest Curlinate Bypasses Belmont


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 28, 2015) - Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah returned to the Churchill Downs racetrack Thursday morning for a once-around clockwise jog around the one-mile oval. The 3-year-old, preparing for a sweep of the Triple Crown in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 6, walked around Barn 33 on Wednesday after breezing a half-mile in :48 the day before.





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Wednesday, May 27 2015


KEEN ICE BREEZES FOR BELMONT SHOWDOWN WITH AMERICAN PHAROAH


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, May 27, 2015) – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice, who finished a troubled seventh in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), breezed six furlongs in 1:13.60 over a fast track Wednesday morning at Churchill Downs in preparation for a showdown with Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah in the 147th running of the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on Saturday, June 6.





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Tuesday, May 26 2015


AMERICAN PHAROAH BREEZES HALF-MILE IN :48 FOR BELMONT STAKES


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, May 26, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and Preakness Stakes (GI) winner American Pharoah took his preparation for the June 6 Belmont Stakes (GI) to the next level breezing a half-mile in :48 over a fast track Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs. Martin Garcia was in the irons for the 8:30 a.m. exercise as American Pharoah galloped out five furlongs in 1:00.40 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:13.20 after early 1/8-mile splits of 12.20, 24 and :35.80.





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Friday, May 22 2015


Barn Notes: American Pharoah Gallops at Churchill Downs


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 22, 2015) – Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner American Pharoah had his first gallop since his seven-length romp in last Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (GI) in preparation for the final leg of the Triple Crown, the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes (GI) on June 6. The homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile galloped 1 3/16 miles over the Churchill Downs main track Friday at 8:30 a.m. following the renovation break with exercise rider Jorge Alvarez up.





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