Churchill Downs Stakes

‘Consistent Brilliance’: Spendthrift Acquires Breeding Rights To Mitole

B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm has acquired the breeding rights to leading sprinter and miler Mitole, who earned his third Grade 1 win of 2019 in the form of a stakes-record performance in Saturday’s $600,000 Forego S. (G1) at Saratoga. A winner also of this year’s prestigious Metropolitan H. (G1) at Belmont and Churchill Downs […]

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Grade 1 Trio Nets Santana Jockey Of The Week Title

Ricardo Santana, Jr. stood out to voters with his performances on Kentucky Derby week, and he was selected as Jockeys’ Guild Foundation Detox Jockey of the Week for April 29 – May 5, 2019. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization […]

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Mitole Takes Sixth In A Row For Red-Hot Asmussen Barn In Churchill Downs

William and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Mitole earned his sixth consecutive victory by 3 1/2 lengths in Saturday’s Grade 1 The Churchill Downs Stakes, sprinting seven furlongs over the fast main track in 1:21.21. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya was sent off as the 2-1 favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr., who have […]

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Millionaires Limousine Liberal, Marley’s Freedom Top Churchill Stakes, Humana Distaff

Katherine Ball’s Limousine Liberal will shoot for his third consecutive victory in the $500,000 Churchill Downs (GI) Presented by for 4-year-olds and up when he heads a field of 12 for the seven-furlong main track test on the Kentucky Derby undercard. The Churchill Downs, scheduled as the day’s eighth race, has a 2:45 post […]

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Stephen Foster, Zenyatta Among Six Grade 1 Stakes Downgraded For 2019

The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association presented on Friday its listing of U.S. Graded and Listed Stakes Races for 2019, the results of its annual grading session conducted November 27 and 28 in Lexington. The Committee reviewed 807 U.S. stakes races with a purse of at least $75,000, and […]

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Limousine Liberal Bests Rival Warrior’s Club In G2 Churchill Downs

Six-year-old gelding Limousine Liberal didn’t let the sloppy surface hold him back in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes on the Kentucky Derby undercard. Making an authoritative outside move early in the final turn under rider Jose Ortiz, Limousine Liberal appeared to hang in the middle of the stretch in the face of challengers Warrior’s […]

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Limousine Liberal Gets The Jump On Awesome Slew In The Churchill Downs Stakes

Katherine Ball’s homebred Limousine Liberal finally added that elusive graded stakes victory to his resume on Saturday, taking the lead at the head of the stretch under Jose Oritz in Saturday’s G2 The Churchill Downs Stakes and holding on over a traffic-compromised Awesome Slew by a head on the wire. A 5-year-old son of Successful […]

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Catalina Red Takes Churchill Downs Stakes In First Graded Victory

Anthony Lenci’s Catalina Red broke well in Saturday’s Grade 2 Churchill Downs Stakes, was forced three-wide in the stretch and still held off the late-closing Calculator and Kobe’s back to maintain a one length advantage at the wire. The 4-year-old son of Munnings got the seven furlongs in 1:20.79 over the fast main track, earning […]

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Weekend Lineup: Talk Derby To Me

It’s finally here, this first weekend in May that we’ve been anxiously awaiting all year. A record-setting “Thurby” crowd of nearly 40,000 people came to Churchill Downs on Thursday, and talk of sunshine is expected to bring near-record crowds through the Louisville oval’s gates on Friday and Saturday. Those fans will be treated early on […]

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