Wednesday, November 25 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Advances
TRAVERS WINNER KEEN ICE FACES BC CLASSIC RUNNER-UP EFFINEX,
REIGNING CHAMP HOPPERTUNITY IN STRONG FIELD FOR GRADE I CLARK HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015)
– Donegal Racing’s Travers Stakes (GI) winner Keen Ice, the only horse to defeat Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) winner American Pharoah during the latter’s historic Triple Crown season, will attempt to complete his 3-year-old campaign on a high note when he takes on eight rivals in the 142nd running of the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI), the main event on the traditional high-quality “Black Friday” racing program on the day after Thanksgiving at Churchill Downs Racetrack.
Saturday, November 21 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap: $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP
BUTTON DOWN GETS FIRST GRADED STAKES WIN IN $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP
(Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015) - Canadian invader Button Down (GB) found the chilly and rainy conditions on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs to her liking as the 4-year-old filly swept past the leaders at the top of the stretch and held sway in the final stages to beat Lady Fog Horn by a half-length in the 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares.
Friday, November 20 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance: GRADE III CARDINAL HANDICAP
CANADA’S BUTTON DOWN FAVORED OVER CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES WINNERS KISS MOON, EMOTIONAL KITTEN IN 42ND RUNNING OF GRADE III CARDINAL HANDICAP
(Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Carl F. Pollard’s Kiss Moon and Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Emotional Kitten, winners of graded stakes races on the Matt Winn Turf Course, face a fleet of invaders led by Canada’s Button Down (GB), Greenwood Lodge Farm’s runner-up in Woodbine’s Canadian Stakes (Grade II), in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) for fillies and mares ages 3 and up at Churchill Downs.
Wednesday, November 18 2015
Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Wed 11/18
KISS MOON HEADLINES SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 CARDINAL HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015) – Carl F. Pollard’s Kiss Moon will attempt to land her second graded stakes win of the year when she starts as the 120-pound high weight and faces a dozen fillies and mares in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) over 1 1/8 miles on Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
Sunday, November 15 2015
Churchill Downs Barn Notes - Sat 11/14
DORTMUND, HOPPERTUNITY, KEEN ICE HEADLINE 23 NOMINATIONS TO
GRADE I, $500,000 CLARK HANDICAP PRESENTED BY NORTON HEALTHCARE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015)
– Grade I-winning millionaires Dortmund, Hoppertunity and Keen Ice, along with Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) runner-up Effinex, top a star-studded roster of 23 horses that were nominated to the $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI).
Wednesday, November 11 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
BROWN’S PARTISAN POLITICS AND TAMMY THE TORPEDO,
MOTT’S STREAKING CELESTINE TOP PARADE OF INVADERS WITH SITES ON GRADE II MRS. REVERE
(Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015) – Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Partisan Politics and Long Lake Stable LLC and Beacon Hill Farm’s Tammy the Torpedo – a powerful 1-2 punch from the stable of trainer Chad Brown – and two-time stakes winner Celestine, who has fashioned a four-race win streak for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, head an overflow field of 3-year-old fillies entered to compete in Saturday’s 25th running of the $200,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes (Grade II) on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
Saturday, November 07 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap
SPELLING AGAIN WINS GRADE II, $200,000 CHILUKKI BY 4 ½ LENGTHS
(Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015) - Spelling Again stalked pacesetter Keen Pauline, took the lead leaving the far turn and spurted home to beat Ahh Chocolate by a widening 4 ½ lengths in Saturday's 30th running of the $200,000 Chilukki (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
Shaun Bridgmohan rode the Brad Cox-trained Spelling Again in 1:35.75 to beat six other fillies and mares in the one-mile stakes event that was run over a fast track. It was the 4-year-old filly's second stakes win at Churchill Downs this year. In September, Spelling Again won the $100,000 Open Mind which was contested over six furlongs.
Wednesday, November 04 2015
Churchill Downs Barn Notes: Wed 11/4
GRADE II WINNERS BIRDATTHEWIRE, KEEN PAULINE, GOLD MEDAL DANCER
HEADLINE SATURDAY’S GRADE II, $200,000 CHILUKKI AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
(Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015) – Come-backing Grade II winners Birdatthewire, Keen Pauline and Gold Medal Dancer headline a field of eight fillies and mares entered for Saturday’s 30th running of the $200,000 Chilukki Stakes (Grade II) at Churchill Downs.
The one-mile Chilukki will go as Race 10 of 11 on Saturday at approximately 5:15 p.m. (all times Eastern). The first race is 12:40 p.m.
Sunday, September 27 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap: $175,000 Lukas Classic
GEOTHERMAL RUNS DOWN DEPARTED TO WIN $175,000 LUKAS CLASSIC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015) - A.L. Luedtke's homebred Geothermal ran down favorite and five-time stakes winner Departing in a long stretch drive to win Saturday's $175,000 Lukas Classic (Listed) for older horses at Churchill Downs by 1 ½ lengths.
Saturday, September 26 2015
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap: $100,000 Jefferson Cup
SAHAM WINS GRADE III, $100,000 JEFFERSON CUP AT CHURCHILL DOWNS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015) - Sultan Bin Mishal's Saham rallied from the back in a field of nine 3-year-olds and finished down the stretch with a rush to win the 38th running of Saturday's $100,000 Jefferson Cup (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length over pacesetter Watchyourownbobber.
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap: Ack Ack Handicap
TAPITURE HOLDS OFF VIVA MAJORCA TO WIN GRADE III, $100,000 ACK ACK HANDICAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015) - Winchell Thoroughbreds' reigning Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile runner-up Tapiture grabbed the lead at the top of the stretch and determinedly repelled a challenge from fast-closing even-money favorite Viva Majorca to win Saturday's 23rd running of the $100,000 Ack Ack Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length.
Saturday, September 19 2015
TRAVERS WINNER KEEN ICE, TALE OF VERVE, THE PIZZA MAN BREEZE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015) – Donegal Racing’s Keen Ice returned to the Churchill Downs work tab Saturday morning breezing for the first time since upsetting Zayat Stable LLC’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah in the Travers (GI) at Saratoga. The homebred son of Curlin worked a half-mile in :51.20 for trainer Dale Romans.
“It looked like he felt real good,” Romans said. “He just kind of stretched his legs a little bit. We have a lot of time between now and the Breeders’ Cup (Classic).”