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Apprentice Declan Carroll Nearing Return To Races At Churchill Downs

Apprentice rider Declan Carroll has been sidelined since March with a back injury suffered at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, La., but the 19-year-old hopes to be back riding races in two weeks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. “I’ve been wanting to get back riding so badly,” Carroll said. “The doctors gave me the […]

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‘I’m A Fighter’: Back From Ankle Injury, Mena Now Tied Atop Churchill Standings

One year ago jockey Miguel Mena was laying on his couch not knowing if he’d ever ride again after severely breaking his ankle in March 2018. Entering Sunday’s nine-race program at Churchill Downs, Mena left no doubt he was back in top form as he was tied atop the jockey standings with Corey Lanerie. “I’m […]

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Mexico’s Kukulkan Considered For Stephen Foster After ‘Very Good’ Allowance Win

St. George Stable’s 15-time winner Kukulkan (MEX) could add his name to the list of entrants to the $600,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) on June 15 following a 1 ½-length victory in Friday’s $91,000 featured race at Churchill Downs, a 1 1/16-mile conditioned allowance event. “This was a very good race for him,” said trainer […]

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Gaffalione: War Of Will’s Preakness Win ‘Really Hasn’t Sunk In Yet’

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione returned back to his “new home” in the Churchill Downs jockey colony following his victory aboard War of Will in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes (Grade I) at Pimlico Race Course. Gaffalione, a 24-year-old native of Davie, Fla., was on the Churchill Downs backstretch early Sunday morning to work horses and was named to […]

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Tiz A Slam Caps Big Day For Attfield With Frontrunning Louisville Score

Canadian-invader Tiz a Slam led every step of the way in Saturday’s 82nd running of the $100,000 Louisville Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs and turned back fierce challenges in deep stretch from Shahroze (IRE), Nessy and Vettori Kin (BRZ) to win the 1 ½-mile turf marathon by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Steven […]

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Country House Returns To Churchill, Readies For ‘Some Light Training’

Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) winner Country House returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Barn 19 at Churchill Downs Wednesday after an examination at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. “He looks good and I think the plan is to start him back with some light training,” assistant […]

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Brazilian-Bred Vettori Kin Back To Defend Louisville Stakes Title

Fern Circle Stables, Stud TNT and Old Friends, Inc.’s Vettori Kin (BRZ) will defend his title in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisville Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. The Louisville at 1 ½ miles on turf is carded as Race 9 at 4:55 p.m. (all times Eastern) on the 11-race program that also includes […]

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Lovell ‘So Proud’ Of Longshot Change Of Control After Saturday Stakes Win

Roddy Harrison’s Change of Control, the longest shot in the field at odds of 35-1, surged by favored Abyssinian in deep stretch to post a 1 ¾-length victory in the inaugural running of the $98,350 Mamzelle Overnight Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Trained by Michelle Lovell and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Change of […]

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McCraken Half-Sister ‘Impressive’ In Churchill Debut

Whitham Thoroughbreds’ With Dignity, a half-sister to multiple graded stakes-winning McCraken, lit up the toteboard at odds of 17-1 to win Saturday’s finale under jockey Julien Leparoux. Trained by Ian Wilkes, With Dignity rallied from seven lengths off of the early pace in the 6 ½-furlong maiden special weight contest for 3-year-old fillies to win her career debut. “I had an […]

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‘Grit And Determination’ Lead Gabriel Saez To Three-Win Saturday At Churchill

Through the first nine days of the 2019 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs, jockey Gabriel Saez is proving “grit and determination” can lead to success after scoring nine victories, including a three-bagger on Saturday’s 11-race card, to vault him into a tie atop the rider standings. “We had a good winter down at Fair Grounds and […]

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