Wednesday, October 31 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES ADVANCE
INDIANA DERBY CHAMP NECK ’N NECK MEETS OLDER FOES IN FRIDAY’S GRADE III ACK ACK ’CAP
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012) – Indiana Derby (Grade II) winner Neck ’n Neck is the 120-pound starting high weight for his first race against older horses when he headlines Friday’s 20th running of the Grade III, $100,000-added Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Monday, October 29 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES RECAP & QUOTES
UNCAPTURED POWERFUL IN IROQUOIS VICTORY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012) – John Oxley’s Uncaptured took the lead from runner-up Positively in mid-stretch and increased his advantage from there to take the 31st running of the Grade III, $114,800 Iroquois by a widening 5 ½ lengths on opening day at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Miguel Mena for trainer Mark Casse, Uncaptured broke well with the rest of the field and rated in mid-pack through fractions of :22.88 and :46.24 set by longshot Road Agent. Mena began to move with Uncaptured nearing the top of the stretch, gained a slight advantage at the three-sixteenths pole and then exploded with run down the lane to kick clear of his nine rivals.
CHURCHILL DOWNS STAKES RECAP & QUOTES
FILLY GIVES CLAIBORNE, DILSCHNEIDER POSITIVE SIGN IN SUNDAY’S POCAHONTAS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012) – Claiborne Farm and Adele B. Dilschneider’s homebred Sign overcame a sluggish start and powered home in deep stretch to win Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $168,150 Pocahontas by four lengths on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet.
Sunday, October 28 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES - OCT. 28, 2012
• BOREL BEGINS FALL MEET WITH EYE ON 5,000-WIN MILESTONE
• FORT LARNED WORKS BULLET FIVE-EIGHTHS IN PREP FOR BREEDERS’ CUP CLASSIC
• FIELDS FOR ACK ACK, CHILUKKI COMING TOGETHER
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES
• STALL HOPEFUL OF SIGN’S CHANCES IN SUNDAY’S POCAHONTAS
• UNCAPTURED TAKES FIRST STEP TOWARD DERBY 139 IN IROQUOIS
• PEDIGREE NOTES FOR ‘STARS OF TOMORROW I’ PROGRAM
Saturday, October 27 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES -
• CASSE WORKS QUINTET OF BREEDERS’ CUP HOPEFULS
• PATAKY KID BLOWS OUT THREE FURLONGS IN PREP FOR SUNDAY’S IROQUOIS
• PLETCHER, ZITO AMONG TRAINERS SHIPPING IN FOR FALL MEET
Friday, October 26 2012
OVERANALYZE TOPS 31ST IROQUOIS
OVERANALYZE TOPS 31ST IROQUOIS; HEADLINES OPENING DAY "STARS OF TOMORROW I"
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012) – Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, a 3 ¼-length winner of the Futurity (Grade II) at Belmont Park, headlines a field of 10 entered for Sunday’s 31st running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) to be run at a mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on Opening Day of the 123rd Fall Meet.
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES - THURSDAY, OCT. 25, 2012
• TRAVEL AND TRAINING PLANS FOR BREEDERS’ CUP HORSES AT CHURCHILL
• TAKE CHARGE INDY WILL PREP FOR CLARK IN SATURDAY’S FAYETTE AT KEENELAND
Thursday, October 25 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES - OCT. 24, 2012
• OVERANALYZE HEADS LIST OF IROQUOIS PROBABLES
• UNDEFEATED GAL ABOUT TOWN TOPS POCAHONTAS PROBABLES
• LOPEZ, ROCCO JR., COHEN JOIN FALL MEET JOCKEY COLONY
Saturday, June 30 2012
Wine Princess Edges Clear in Friday Night Feature
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Friday, June 29, 2012) – Becky Winemiller’s Wine Princess, a 3-year-old chestnut daughter of Ghostzapper out of the champion Azeri, battled with pacesetter Yankee Union down the Churchill Downs stretch, took the lead just after the eighth-pole and then drew clear in the $58,543 Friday night feature beneath the Twin Spires.
Yankee Union led the field of six fillies and mares through fractions of :23.39, :47.45 and 1:11.95 while Wine Princess rated a length back in second under Shaun Bridgmohan. Wine Princess drew even with Yankee Union entering the stretch and the two challenged for the lead for a furlong before Wine Princess got a clear advantage and then kicked clear to win in going-away fashion by 2 ½ lengths over Tapit Dancer, who rallied for second.
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES Friday, June 29, 2012
SIMMS SEEKS RARE DEBUTANTE – BASHFORD MANOR DOUBLE – Veteran trainer Garry Simms, in the midst of one of the greatest racing meets of his career with six wins from nine Spring Meet starters, will try to continue he refers to as a “miraculous” meet with Travis Morgeson V LLC’s Circle Unbroken in Saturday’s $100,000-added Bashford Manor (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Simms, who has battled multiple myeloma for more than two years, saddled Blueeyesintherein to win last Saturday’s Debutante (GIII) and a win by Circle Unbroken would make him just the fifth trainer to sweep the Spring Meet’s graded stakes races for 2-year-olds.
Thursday, June 28 2012
Churchill Downs All-Night Racing Closing Weekend Topped by Saturday’s ‘Downs After Dark’ White Paty
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, June 28, 2012) – The complexion of the three racing sessions that comprise the final racing days of Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet changed drastically in recent days as record heat pushed into the Ohio Valley, but the centerpiece of the meet’s farewell weekend – the return of the popular “White Party” for the final Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka night racing program on Saturday, June 30 – remains intact with only one minor change in schedule.
A forecast of a rare streak of several days of triple-digit temperatures and concerns about possible heat-related issues for horses and humans prompted Churchill Downs officials to cancel the nine-race program on Thursday, June 28 and to move the racing programs of Friday, June 29 and Sunday, July 1 to a nighttime schedule. The result is the first stretch of three consecutive night racing programs since Churchill Downs first introduced racing under temporary lights in 2009 and conducted night racing sessions under a state-of-the-art system of permanent lights beginning the following year.