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Seeking The Soul’s ‘Legit’ Ack Ack Victory Has Stewart Thinking Breeders’ Cup

The smile on trainer Dallas Stewart’s face was hard to miss Sunday morning at Churchill Downs following Seeking the Soul’s gutsy 1 ¼-length victory in the $100,000 Ack Ack Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) Saturday night. Now, the six-time winner is likely headed to the Breeders’ Cup, according to Stewart. “That was a legit […]

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Seeking The Soul Bounces Back From Poor Woodward Showing, Wins Ack Ack

Charles Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Soul could be headed to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships on Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs after scoring a 1 ¼-length victory over Nice Not Nice and Giant Expectations in Saturday night’s 26th renewal of the $100,000 Ack Ack Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) beneath the historic Twin Spires. […]

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Landeros ‘Thrilled For The Opportunity’ To Pilot Warrior’s Club In Ack Ack

Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) will mark the third time that jockey Chris Landeros has sat aboard multiple-stakes winner Warrior’s Club, and the 30-year-old journeyman rider hopes to celebrate with the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s 200 members in the winner’s circle. “It’s such a cool story with this horse,” Landeros […]

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Churchill Downs Racing Club Has High Hopes For Warrior’s Club In Saturday’s Ack Ack

Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Warrior’s Club, winner of the 2016 $200,000 Spendthrift Stallion Stakes and recent Saratoga allowance victor, is ready for a chance to land his first graded stakes triumph in Saturday’s 25th running of the $100,000 Ack Ack Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs. “Winning at Saratoga this summer was pretty special,” Hall of […]

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The Player Wins ‘Confidence-Booster’ At Ellis, Points To Ack Ack

Trainer Buff Bradley put The Player in Sunday’s $42,000 Ellis Park allowance feature with the intention of getting a confidence boost in the 4-year-old colt’s third start off a year’s layoff. Mission accomplished as The Player took command through the stretch for a two-length victory over Shut the Box. The Player pushed the pace before […]

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Tom’s Ready Headed To Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile After Ack Ack Victory

GMB Racing’s Tom’s Ready was doing well the morning after dethroning Champion Sprinter Runhappy in Saturday’s $100,000 Ack Ack presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade III) at Churchill, and is set to make his next start in the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) at Santa Anita on Nov. 4. “He cooled out good […]

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Bullet Train presents Horse of the Year Newsreel: California Stars

As we approach Saturday’s 43rd annual Eclipse Awards, the Paulick Report is looking back through time at some of the more intriguing and notable Horse of the Year votes. In the early years, racing out West was still seen as fledgling, and it took time for East Coast voters to recognize how competitive California racing […]

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Wired Bryan, Bahnah Lead Nominations for Churchill’s Iroquois & Pocahontas

Many of North America’s most promising 2-year-old colts and fillies have been nominated to compete in Churchill Downs Racetrack’s (“CDRT”) $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) and $150,000-added Iroquois (GIII), two of four stakes races scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 7 during the first of two Downs After Dark night racing sessions set for the track’s first September […]

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HRI – Christine: Santa Anita needs Twirling Candy

It’s been a while since a horse of champion status or Breeders’ Cup prowess has won the Santa Anita Handicap. Tiznow was the last Horse of the Year to win and that was the year after he received racing’s top prize. Dakota Phone won a Breeders’ Cup race, but not the Classic and he didn’t […]

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Churchill Barn Notes: Talking Espoir City and Blame

PRESS RELEASE ESPOIR CITY GETS FIRST FEEL OF TRACK AT CHURCHILL DOWNS – Two days after arriving at Churchill Downs from Japan, Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) hopeful Espoir City (JPN), got the opportunity to set foot on the track beneath the Twin Spires. Leaving the quarantine barn at 9 o’clock Thursday morning, Espoir City was […]

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