Sunday, June 30 2013


WISE DAN OVERCOMES OBSTACLES TO WIN GRADE II FIRECRACKER HANDICAP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 29, 2013) – Reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan overcame a driving rainstorm, a yielding turf course, a brush of the inside hedge, a bobble in deep stretch and a lofty 128-pound impost to win the 23rd running of the $168,450 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs.





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Saturday, June 29 2013


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Friday, June 28, 2013


HUFFMAN DISCUSSES WEIGHT ASSIGNMENT FOR WISE DAN

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 28, 2013) – It isn’t easy for a racing secretary to hang 128 pounds on a star horse in a handicap race such as Saturday night’s $150,000 Firecracker Handicap (Grade II), but Churchill Downs’ Director of Racing Ben Huffman relishes the opportunity.





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Friday, June 28 2013


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: June 27, 2013


LEA SET TO TAKE ON WISE DAN IN SATURDAY’S FIRECRACKER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 27, 2013) – Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s homebred Lea, winner of last year’s Commonwealth Turf (Grade III), will take on Horse of the Year Wise Dan and six other rivals in Saturday’s 23rd running of the $150,000-added Firecracker Handicap (GII) at Churchill Downs.





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Saturday, June 22 2013


FIFTYSHADESOFGOLD FACES OPEN-COMPANY IN DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 21, 2013) – Fiftyshadesofgold, a 10-length winner against Texas-breds in her debut at Lone Star Park, will face open-company for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000-added Debutante and could give the Scharbauer family their first stakes win beneath the Twin Spires since Alysheba’s memorable victory over Seeking the Gold in the 1988 Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I).





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Thursday, June 20 2013


TEARDROP TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR SATURDAY’S 113TH DEBUTANTE


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 19, 2013) – Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC’s homebred Teardrop, an impressive debut winner on May 23, heads a competitive field of 11 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 113th running of the $100,000-added Debutante at Churchill Downs.





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Friday, June 14 2013


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes


‘NO EXCUSES’ FOR TAKE CHARGE INDY IN SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, June 13, 2013) – Trainer Pat Byrne will saddle Alysheba (Grade II) winner Take Charge Indy for the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and he said he has no excuses going into Saturday’s race.





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Thursday, June 13 2013


SUCCESSFUL DAN MADE 2-1 FAVORITE FOR SATURDAY’S STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 12, 2013) – Mort Fink’s talented but injury-plagued homebred Successful Dan, the older brother to reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in a competitive field of six older horses entered for Saturday’s 32nd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) at Churchill Downs.





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Thursday, June 06 2013


DAISY DEVINE TOPS SATURDAY’S EARLY TIMES MINT JULEP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 5, 2013) – Daisy Devine, winner of the 2012 Jenny Wiley (Grade I), will carry the top weight of 120 pounds when she takes on five fillies and mares in the 37th running of the $100,000-added Early Times Mint Julep Handicap (GIII) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.





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Saturday, June 01 2013


OXBOW, GOLDEN SOUL EXIT THURSDAY WORKS IN GOOD ORDER


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, May 31, 2013) – A trio of Belmont Stakes (Grade I) contenders breezed at Churchill Downs on Thursday, including Preakness (GI) winner Oxbow, Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) runner-up Golden Soul and Will Take Charge, and all exited their workouts in good order.





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Friday, May 31 2013


ROTHKO BACK TO DEFEND TITLE IN SATURDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ARISTIDES


Six of Seven Horses Entered in $65,000 Opening Verse Are Graded Stakes Winners

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, May 30, 2013) – Defending champ Rothko has been made the 9-5 morning line favorite for Saturday’s 25th running of the $100,000-added Aristides (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.





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Monday, May 27 2013


SIMMS SEEKS WINNING COLORS VICTORY WITH BLUEEYESINTHEREIN


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, May 26, 2013) – Blueeyesintherein visited the winner’s circle following her run in last year’s Debutante (Grade III) and trainer Garry Simms is hoping for a similar result Monday in the $100,000-added Winning Colors (GIII) at Churchill Downs.





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Sunday, May 26 2013


Churchill Downs Race Day Notes: Saturday, May 25, 2013


GOLDEN SOUL WORK POSTPONED, LIKELY TO WORK MIDWEEK

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, May 25, 2013) – Golden Soul, runner-up to Orb in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), was scheduled to breeze at Churchill Downs on Saturday morning, but trainer Dallas Stewart called an audible and delayed serious training for another few days.





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