Saturday, November 07 2015


Churchill Downs Stakes Recap


SPELLING AGAIN WINS GRADE II, $200,000 CHILUKKI BY 4 ½ LENGTHS

LOUISVILLE, Ky.
(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.





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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

LOUISVILLE, Ky.
(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.





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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.





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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.





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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.





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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).”





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Tuesday, September 08 2015


RACING RETURNS TO CHURCHILL DOWNS ON FRIDAY FOR 11-DATE SEPTEMBER MEET


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015) – Racing returns to Churchill Downs on Friday, Sept. 11 with a 10-race program at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) as the famed Louisville racetrack opens its third September Meet for an action-packed 11-date run through Sunday, Sept. 27.

Inaugurated by Churchill Downs in 2013, the three-week September Meet provides Kentucky horsemen with an opportunity to compete for ample prize money mainly on dirt in advance of the popular Keeneland and Churchill Downs fall meets. Some events on this year’s eight-race, $1.025 million stakes schedule could serve as steppingstones to the Oct. 30-31 Breeders’ Cup World Championships in Lexington, including the $175,000 Lukas Classic on Sept. 26 which was recently renamed to honor 80-year-old Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.





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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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