Churchill Downs hosted a big day of racing last Saturday, carding five graded stakes races highlighted by the G1 Stephen Foster Handicap.
Two of the graded stakes races were won by offspring of Candy Ride, who continues to have a tremendous year. As a result of those victories, the stallion moves into first on this week's American Graded Stakes Standings sire list.
Candy Ride's 3-year-old son, Gun Runner, made a successful return to the races when he went gate-to-wire to take the G3 Matt Winn Stakes. Gun Runner now has three graded stakes wins on his resume; in addition to the Matt Winn, the colt has captured the G2 Louisiana Derby and G2 Risen Star Stakes.
The race following the Matt Winn was the G2 Fleur de Lis Handicap, which was won by the lightly-raced Paid Up Subscriber. It was the first graded stakes win for the 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride, who improved her record to four wins in eight career starts.
In addition to Gun Runner and Paid Up Subscriber, Candy Ride is also the sire of Ahh Chocolate (G3 Allaire DuPont Distaff), Chocolate Ride (G3 Fair Grounds Handicap, G3 Col. E.R. Bradley), Eagle (G3 Ben Ali), and Grand Tito (G2 Mac Diarmida Handicap).
Paid Up Subscriber provided her owners, Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence, with their fifth graded stakes winner of the season, keeping them firmly in second on the AGS owners list. In addition to the Fleur de Lis winner, the partnership campaigns Flexibility (G3 Jerome), Life Imitates Art (G3 Dania Beach), Takeover Target (G2 Dixie), and Pricedtoperfection (G3 Sweetest Chant).
Champion Songbird returned to the races for the first time since being sidelined by a fever earlier this year. The 3-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro remained undefeated as she easily won the G2 Summertime Oaks. It was the fourth graded stakes win of the year for the filly, and it moved her into a tie with Tepin and Catch a Glimpse atop the AGS list of winning horses.
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