Thursday, September 19 2013
139th CLARK HANDICAP HEADS CHURCHILL’S FALL STAKES SCHEDULE
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013) – The 140th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I), a race that shares a rich history with the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI), is the premier event on a roster of nine stakes races with total purses of $1.625 million scheduled to be run during Churchill Downs’ Oct. 27-Nov. 30 Fall Meet.
Tuesday, July 02 2013
‘NOT A SCRATCH’ ON WISE DAN AFTER GUTSY FIRECRACKER WIN
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, June 30, 2013) – It wasn’t the easiest race for reigning Horse of the Year Wise Dan, but the Mort Fink-homebred trimmed the hedge of the Matt Winn Turf Course and found a way to win the Firecracker Handicap (Grade II) under the lights at Churchill Downs. Trainer Charlie LoPresti reported the 6-year-old was in good order Sunday morning at Keeneland.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.