Saturday, September 26 2015
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).”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.