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Gaffalione Will Try To Defend Fall Meet Title At Churchill Downs

With just 11 days remaining in the 2019 Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, 25-year-old jockey Tyler Gaffalione trails perennial leading rider Corey Lanerie by four wins (19-15) in an attempt to defend his 2018 crown. “Sometimes as jockeys we get into a zone where we just keep winning races,” said Gaffalione, who recorded five wins […]

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Churchill-Loving Mr. Misunderstood Comes Through In River City

In the last 28 years, only three horses have won five career stakes races at Churchill Downs: 2012-13 Horse of the Year Wise Dan, crack sprinter Limousine Liberal and now Mr. Misunderstood, who added his name to the list after successfully defending his title in Saturday’s 42nd running of the $175,000 River City (Grade III). […]

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‘Feel Like We Belong’: Drury’s Small Stable Producing Big Numbers

Through the back roads of rural Highway 42, just past Goshen, Ky., lies Skylight Training Center – the place trainer Tommy Drury has called home for more than 30 years. Drury’s small stable of about 20 horses has primarily operated from Skylight – located 27 miles northeast of Churchill Downs – but has produced winning […]

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Seeking The Soul Back On The Work Tab In Search Of Clark Repeat

As the field continues to take shape for the Grade I, $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul, one of the early probable entrants for the 1 1/8-mile race on Nov. 29, began his serious preparation for the race with a half-mile breeze in :48.80 Friday morning at Churchill Downs. Trained […]

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‘Extremely Special’ Maxfield To Get Freshening, Target 2020 Campaign

Godolphin’s highly-regarded colt Maxfield, who scratched out of last weekend’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (Grade I), will get a freshening for the remainder of 2019 and target a 2020 campaign, according to his trainer Brendan Walsh. Maxfield, an impressive 5 ½-length winner of the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) at Keeneland, was scratched from […]

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Mr Dumas Surges Late For Commonwealth Turf Victory

Mr Dumas ranged into contention on the final turn, grabbed the lead in the stretch and turned back a late challenge from 7-2 favorite Tracksmith to win Saturday’s 16th running of the $175,000 Commonwealth Turf (Grade III) at Churchill Downs by a half-length. The victory gave jockey Joe Rocco Jr. his first graded stakes win […]

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Beschizza Preparing For Return To The Saddle After Broken Collar Bone

Jockey Adam Beschizza will likely return to the saddle next weekend to begin working horses at Fair Grounds following four weeks on the sideline after suffering a broken collar bone at Keeneland, according to his agent Liz Morris. Beschizza, who began riding fulltime in the U.S. in 2017 from his native England, will attempt to […]

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Juvenile Filly Finite Crushes Stakes Record In Rags To Riches

Finite posted her second straight daylight win with a commanding six-length win over Lady Glamour in Sunday’s seventh running of the $122,097 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 26-day Fall Meet. The 2-year-old daughter of Munnings crushed Monomoy Girl’s 2017 stakes record of 1:36.29 by clocking one mile over a […]

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Grade 1 Winner Mia Mischief Tops Churchill’s Dream Supreme Stakes

Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt, Heidler Family Stables and Madaket Stables’ Grade I winner Mia Mischief will tackle eight rivals in Friday’s $120,000-added Dream Supreme Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Dream Supreme is the featured event on the 10-race program Friday at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong race for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up is […]

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Fayette Winner Tom’s D’Etat Pointing For Grade 1 Clark Handicap

G M B Racing’s classy eight-time winner Tom’s d’Etat will focus his attention on the marquee race of the Fall Meet at Churchill Downs, the Grade I, $600,000 Clark presented by Norton Healthcare, following his 4 ¼-length victory in Saturday’s $200,000 Fayette Stakes (GII) at Keeneland. “I can’t even give you any ‘trainer speak’, we’re […]

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