Monday, November 26 2012


CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES RECAP


MENA WINS AGAIN, GUIDES LONGSHOT KEEP UP TO VICTORY IN RIVER CITY ON CLOSING DAY

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012) – Jockey Miguel Mena capped a lucrative weekend at Churchill Downs by guiding 30-1 longshot Keep Up to a half-length win over 4-5 favorite Boisterous in the 35th running of the Grade III, $115,700 River City Handicap on closing day of the 21-day Fall Meet.





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• FLINT HOPES TO BE BACK FOR KENTUCKY OAKS WITH SEANEEN GIRL
• TOP THREE FROM KY JOCKEY CLUB IN GOOD ORDER, READY TO HEAD SOUTH
• MEMBERS OF CHURCHILL DOWNS JOCKEY COLONY MAKE WINTER PLANS
• RACES FOR LEADING JOCKEY, TRAINER, OWNER COME DOWN TO FINAL DAY





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Sunday, November 25 2012


CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES RECAP


UNCAPTURED EDGES FRAC DADDY IN THRILLING RENEWAL OF GRADE II KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012) – Uncaptured stamped himself as an early favorite for the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) after a outlasting a tenacious Frac Daddy in deep stretch to win Saturday’s 86th running of the $171,150 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs by a neck.





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SEANEEN GIRL SPRINGS GOLDEN ROD UPSET

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012) – Somewhat reminiscent of 2009 Kentucky Derby-winner Mine That Bird, a horse that was privately purchased after racing in Canada sprung a major upset beneath the Twin Spires.





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• GUYS REWARD SEEKS FIRECRACKER – RIVER CITY DOUBLE SUNDAY
• TOP THREE FROM CLARK HANDICAP IN FINE ORDER SATURDAY
• RACE FOR JOCKEY, TRAINER TITLES WILL COME DOWN TO THE WIRE





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Saturday, November 24 2012


CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES RECAP


FLAG FALL TO THAT’S ALL FOR SHACKLEFORD IN GRADE I, $447,000 CLARK HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, Nov. 23, 2012) – Shackleford, the popular multi-millionaire who triumphed in last year’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I), finished his stellar career in style with a front-running one-length victory over Take Charge Indy in Friday’s 138th running of the $447,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) at Churchill Downs.





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• BOISTEROUS SHIPS IN FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III RIVER CITY HANDICAP
• JOHA MAKES DIRT DEBUT IN SATURDAY’S KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB
• PEDIGREE NOTES FOR SATURDAY’S STARS OF TOMORROW II PROGRAM





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Friday, November 23 2012


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THREE STAKES IN A ROW FOR AFLEETING LADY AFTER GRADE II FALLS CITY HANDICAP TRIUMPH

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012) – Afleeting Lady, the older half-sister of multiple Grade I-winner Shackleford, collected her third straight stakes win with a 2 ¼-length triumph over Brushed by a Star in the 97th running of the Grade II, $162,450 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs.







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BOISTEROUS SHOULDERS TOP WEIGHT FOR SUNDAY’S GRADE III RIVER CITY HANDICAP

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012) – Phipps Stable’s Boisterous, winner of the Red Smith Handicap (Grade II) and Knickerbocker (GIII) in his last two starts, will carry the top weight of 124 pounds when he faces 11 rivals in Sunday’s 35th running of the $100,000-added River City Handicap (GIII) for 3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.





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CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES - NOV. 22, 2012


FRAC DADDY, JAVA’S WAR HEAD BIG SATURDAY FOR McPEEK BARN – Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II” program will be a busy day for trainer Ken McPeek, who has 14 2-year-olds entered on the card, including Frac Daddy and Java’s War in the Grade II, $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club.

“It’s just timing,” said McPeek, who entered Thursday with 10 wins at the meet and ranked second in the Fall Meet trainer standings behind Al Stall Jr. We tend to try to bring them around a little later in the year and we tend to run a lot on this day every year. I think it’s a really great day of racing.”





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Thursday, November 22 2012


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GAL ABOUT TOWN HEADS FIELD OF NINE FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II GOLDEN ROD

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) – Iroquois Racing Club LLC’s Gal About Town, runner-up to Sign in the Pocahontas (Grade II), headlines a competitive field of nine 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 69th running of the $150,000-added Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs.





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UNCAPTURED HEADS FIELD OF 13 FOR SATURDAY’S GRADE II KENTUCKY JOCKEY CLUB

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012) – Uncaptured, who scored a 5 ½-length victory in the Iroquois (Grade III) in his last start, heads a field of 13 colts and geldings entered for Saturday’s 86th running of the $150,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs.





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