Tuesday, June 12 2012
CHURCHILL DOWNS BARN NOTES Monday, June 11, 2012
NEHRO, ASTROLOGY LIKELY STRONG DUO FOR ASMUSSEN IN GRADE I FOSTER – Trainer Steve Asmussen said Monday that he has “mixed emotions” about running the “two best horses” in his stable against an imposing field in the $400,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I), but he expects to have a double-barreled threat in the starting gate for Saturday night’s race at Churchill Downs.
Asmussen said Monday Zayat Stables LLC’s Nehro, runner-up to Animal Kingdom in both the 2011 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) and the recent Pimlico Special (GIII) to Foster contender Alternation, and Stonestreet Stables and George Bolton’s Astrology, winner of the 2010 Iroquois (GIII) at Churchill Downs and third to Shackleford in the 2011 Preakness (GI), are expected to be entered when the field for the 31st running of the 1 1/8-mile race for 3-year-olds and up is drawn on Wednesday.
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