Sunday, June 29 2014
Churchill Downs Stakes Recap & Quotes: FIRECRACKER
SILVER MAX RETURNS WITH SIZZLING FRONT-RUNNING WIN IN FIRECRACKER
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, June 28, 2014) - Favored Silver Max returned from nearly seven months on the sidelines with style as he led from the start to collect the 10th stakes triumph of his career in a 1 ½-length victory under jockey Robby Albarado in Saturday's 25th running of the $224,800 Firecracker (GII) for 3-year-olds and up at one mile on the turf at Churchill Downs.
Friday, June 27 2014
Churchill Downs Race Night Notes: Friday, June 27
ASMUSSEN BARN LOOKING FOR GRADED STAKES DOUBLE SATURDAY
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, June 27, 2014) - Saturday could to be a huge day for the barn of trainer Steve Asmussen, who is seeking a graded stakes double with Vinery Stables LLC’s Regally Ready in the $200,000-added Firecracker (GII) and a pair of 2-year-olds entered in the $100,000-added Bashford Manor (GIII) in William and Corrine Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie and Jerry Durant’s Lucky Player.
Saturday, June 14 2014
Stephen Foster Handicap Quick Quotes
CALVIN BOREL, jockey of MOONSHINE MULLIN (winner) – “Randy (Morse) has been doing so well with him. The first morning I was out on him working him after the Alysheba, he didn’t really work like I thought he should have. But boy its funny, when a horse peaks, they peak. When I came back and worked him again about five days ago he was a totally different horse, like he had gotten his seat back under him. I rode him with a lot of confidence today. We were stepping up today, I know we beat some of these same horses a few weeks back and early on I was afraid it may have taken too much out of him, but as we got closer, Randy had him ready to go. He’s a nice, nice horse.”
Friday, June 13 2014
Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Friday, June 13
NO SPEED NO PROBLEM FOR FOSTER FAVORITE REVOLUTIONARY
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, June 13, 2014) – Fresh off a most impressive win in the Pimlico Special (Grade III), WinStar Farm LLC’s Revolutionary is seeking his first Grade I victory in Saturday night’s $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI) and has been made the 2-1 favorite in a talented field of nine older horses.
Thursday, June 12 2014
Stephen Foster Night Notes
McPEEK DREAMING OF ‘ALL STAKES PICK 4’ AT ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 12, 2014) – The exhilarating Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program features four graded stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (Grade I), and Churchill Downs-based trainer Kenny McPeek is shooting for the “All-Stakes Pick 4” with a starter in each graded event.
Wednesday, June 11 2014
Churchill Downs Stakes Advance
CHAMPION WILL TAKE CHARGE, REVOLUTIONARY, DEPARTING HEAD SATURDAY’S
GRADE I $500,000 STEPHEN FOSTER HANDICAP UNDER ‘DOWNS AFTER DARK’ LIGHTS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 11, 2014) – A talented and accomplished field of nine older horses headed by Will Take Charge, winner of Churchill Downs’ Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) and the champion 3-year-old of 2013, and multiple graded stakes-winners Revolutionary and Departing has been entered to compete in Saturday’s 33rd running of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), the featured event on a spectacular “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” night racing program at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 14.
Stephen Foster Handicap Notes: Tuesday, June 10
LONG RIVER TO ARRIVE WEDNESDAY FOR FOSTER, SEEKING FIRST GRADED VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, June 10, 2014) – Seeking his first graded stakes victory, Godolphin Racing LLC’s Long River is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Wednesday morning for the Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by Abu Dhabi (GI), according to his New York-based trainer Kiaran McLaughlin.
Thursday, May 08 2014
KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER CALIFORNIA CHROME GALLOPS
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, May 8, 2014) – Steve Coburn and Perry Martin’s Kentucky Derby (Grade I) hero California Chrome galloped 1 ½ miles with Willie Delgado aboard shortly before 7 o’clock Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.
California Chrome stood in the gap leading to the track for about five minutes and did not move a muscle as photographers recorded the scene and horses went to and from the track. After the exercise, California Chrome walked quietly back to Barn 20.
Friday, May 02 2014
Trainer Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks
TRAINER QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS
Steve Asmussen, trainer of Untapable, winner – What makes her special?
"How fast she is."
"On this stage under the circumstances...the filly in the gates, the paddock, how congested it is, how many people are here, this doesn't get any bigger."
Jockey Quotes: Longines Kentucky Oaks
JOCKEY QUOTES FROM THE 140TH RUNNING OF THE GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS
Rosie Napravnik, jockey of Untapable, winner – “I wasn't worried about the post like some people were. We got into a great position. She runs her best when she can get into a great stride and she relaxes so nicely. She has grown up and she is maturing. She is magnificent.
Stakes Recap & Quotes: Grade I Longines Kentucky Oaks
FAVORED UNTAPABLE ROMPS IN 140TH RUNNING OF GRADE I LONGINES KENTUCKY OAKS IN FRONT OF 113,071
LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, May 2, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds, LLC’s Untapable cruised to a 4 ½-length victory over My Miss Sophia to win the 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks for 3-year-old fillies before a crowd of 113,071. The attendance was the third largest in Oaks history.
Tuesday, April 29 2014
UNTAPABLE BRINGS FAVORITE’S ROLE TO KENTUCKY OAKS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, April 29, 2014) – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ homebred Untapable, who has won her two starts in 2014 by a combined 17 ¼ lengths, has been installed as the 4-5 morning-line favorite in a field of 13 3-year-old fillies for Friday’s 140th running of the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I).