Debutante Stakes

‘I Buy Good Horses Cheap’: $1,000 Yearling Scores Allowance Win At Ellis

Inga Demeritte’s 2-year-old filly Lady Glamour now is 2 for 3 — with a third place sandwiched in between in Churchill Downs’ $125,000 Debutante Stakes — after taking Ellis Park’s $51,000 allowance race Friday by 7 1/4 lengths over odds-on favorite Josie. Not bad for a horse that trainer Larry Demeritte, the owner’s husband, paid […]

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‘Intelligent’ Phantom Boss Ships East To Win Bashford Manor

Southern California invader Phantom Boss inched clear in the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s 118th running of the $125,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on closing day at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet to beat Rowdy Yates by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Phantom Boss ran six furlongs over a […]

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Hancock Brothers Could Sweep Closing Day Juvenile Stakes At Churchill

Saturday’s closing-day stakes at Churchill Downs could be preps for Ellis Park’s 2-year-old stakes in August. When one of the Hancock brothers, trainers John and Jack, has a young horse running in June, you know Ellis Park is likely in the plans as a subsequent start. The Hancocks are third-generation horsemen who make their family’s […]

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Pat Byrne Hoping Juvenile Indy Takes Charge Could Be His Next Big Horse

During the late 1990s, trainer Pat Byrne was at the height of his career as he guided the campaigns of Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) winner Awesome Again, multiple Grade I winner Favorite Trick and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) star Countess Diana. Now, more than 20 years later, Byrne is hoping Indy Takes Charge can […]

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Bashford Manor Features Baker’s Dozen; Nine Entered In Debutante

An intriguing field of 13 2-year-olds, led by swift maiden winners Tales of Chaucer, Shanghaied Roo and Toothless Wonder, along with upset Kentucky Juvenile winner Weiland, have been entered in Saturday’s 117th renewal of the $100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) – the anchor of a stakes tripleheader that highlights closing day of the 38-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong Bashford […]

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Stakes Sweep Earns Albarado Jockey Of The Week Title

A sweep of three stakes on closing night of the Churchill spring meet earned Robby Albarado the title of Jockeys’ Guild Jockey of the Week for June 26 – July 2, 2017. The award is voted on by a panel of experts for riding accomplishments by members of the Jockeys’ Guild, the organization which represents […]

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Champion Animal Kingdom Sires First Stakes Winner As Sunny Skies Takes Debutante

Freshman sire Animal Kingdom sired his first stakes winner when his daughter Sunny Skies charged to a 1 3/4-length victory in the listed Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs June 30. The chestnut filly, which races as a homebred for Normandy Farm, remains perfect in two starts for trainer Ken McPeek. Sunny Skies became Animal Kingdom’s […]

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Albarado Sweeps Trio Of Churchill Stakes Friday Night After Weather Delay

Jockey Robby Albarado captured all three stakes races on the closing night of Churchill Downs’ spring meet Friday evening, beating out not only his fellow riders but also a one-hour weather delay as severe thunderstorms crashed down on the Louisville area before the eighth race, the Debutante Stakes. “We’ve had a great night and it was […]

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Churchill: Asmussen Juveniles Poised For Closing Night Stakes

Trainer Steve Asmussen has sent most of his Churchill Downs string of horses to Saratoga for the summer but a pair of impressive juveniles, Copper Bullet and She’s a Julie, remain and look to jumpstart their careers with stakes victories in Friday night’s $100,000 Bashford Manor Presented by GE Appliances (Grade III) and $100,000 Debutante […]

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‘Dad Is The Definition Of Tough’: Simms Family Breaking Through Eight-Year Battle With Cancer

For trainers Garry and Zack Simms, Father’s Day holds a special meaning for the father-son team after Garry was diagnosed with cancer nearly eight years ago. Simms, based at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs’ satellite training facility located five miles from the main track, left his stable in the hands of his 25-year-old son, Zack, more […]

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