Wednesday, November 27 2013


GAME ON DUDE, WILL TAKE CHARGE IN CLARK HANDICAP


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013) – Game On Dude, a seven-time Grade I winner in California, will break from the rail and Travers (GI) champ Will Take Charge, who lost the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) by a nose, landed post No. 7 as both horses attempt to bolster their résumés for year-end championship honors against a field of nine 3-year-olds and up that were entered for Friday’s 139th running of the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) at Churchill Downs.





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Friday, November 22 2013


Churchill Downs Barn Notes:  11/22


CLARK HOPE WILL TAKE CHARGE WORKS; ‘DUDE’ TOPS CLARK’S ASSIGNED WEIGHTS

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2013) – Willis D. Horton’s Will Take Charge, a top contender for the $500,000-added Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) on Friday, Nov. 29, was on the Churchill Downs track the instant it opened at 6 a.m. (all times EST) on Friday for his final work for next week’s race.





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Friday, September 20 2013


POOL PLAY, AGENT DI NOZZO WORK TOWARD RUNS IN HOMECOMING CLASSIC


LOUISVILLE, KY (Friday, Sept. 20, 2013) – Two horses that have enjoyed some of their finest moments over the main track at Churchill Downs worked at the track Friday in preparation for their respective bids for next week’s first running of the $175,000-added Homecoming Classic, the last of eight stakes races conducted during the September meet.





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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.





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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.





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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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