Fleur de Lis Handicap

Kirkpatrick & Co. Present Photos Of The Week: Grand Night Of Racing

Churchill Downs hosted a big night of racing on Saturday with five graded stakes races on the card. The G1 Stephen Foster Handicap was the highlight of the evening and it didn’t disappoint, as Bradester went wire-to-wire for the upset victory. On the distaff side, Paid Up Subscriber earned her first stakes victory when winning the […]

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Bradester ‘Better Than Ever’ After Stephen Foster Victory

All five stakes victors on Saturday evening’s card at Churchill Downs exited their wins in good shape, according to their connections. Stephen Foster Handicap (Grade I) winner Bradester walked away from his first Grade I triumph “better than he had ever come out of a race,” according to trainer Eddie Kenneally’s assistant Ronan Quinn. “Last […]

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Paid Up Subscriber Surprises In Fleur De Lis Handicap

Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Paid Up Subscriber stamped her ticked to the Breeders’ Cup Longines Distaff on Saturday evening with a three-length victory in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride took down the heavy favorite Untapable, covering nine furlongs in 1:48.44 over the fast […]

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Weekend Lineup: Songbird Returns, Seven Contest Stephen Foster

This weekend’s graded stakes action is highlighted by both the return of undefeated juvenile champion Songbird, sidelined with a fever after the Santa Anita Oaks in April, and by Churchill Downs’ Grade 1 Stephen Foster on Saturday evening. The first graded stake Saturday afternoon is the Grade 3 Poker Stakes at Belmont Park, at one […]

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Ahh Chocolate Breezes ‘Easy’ Half As Final Prep For Fleur De Lis Handicap

Stoneway Farm’s Ahh Chocolate, winner of Pimlico’s $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (Grade III) on May 20, recorded her final breeze Tuesday morning at Churchill Downs for Saturday night’s $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII), a 1 1/8-mile event for fillies and mares. The 4-year-old daughter of Candy Ride went a half-mile in :49.60 under exercise […]

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Churchill Downs: Gun Runner, Untapable Put In Final Works For Saturday Stakes

The Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Gun Runner, third in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I), and 2014 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Untapable both breezed a half-mile for their respective starts in the $100,000 Matt Winn (GIII) and $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap (GII) on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. A son […]

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‘It’s A Team Effort’: Howard Preps Ahh Chocolate, Eagle For Stephen Foster Weekend

Trainer Neil Howard has enjoyed a successful year so far with graded stakes winners Eagle, who defeated multiple graded stakes winner Noble Bird in Keeneland’s Ben Ali (Grade III) on April 16, and Ahh Chocolate, a winner of the Allaire DuPont Distaff (GIII) at Pimlico on May 20. Howard will have a chance to showcase […]

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Breeders’ Cup Presents Connections: Learning From The Horses

Vicki Oliver may have spent her entire life around horses, but that doesn’t mean she thinks she’s done learning from them. Oliver, who runs a 40-horse stable based at Keeneland with husband Phil, grew up surrounded by horses as the daughter of owner/breeders G. Watts and Sally Humphrey. She also worked her way through a […]

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Photos Of The Week: Stars Shine At Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs hosted a big night of racing on Saturday with four graded stakes races on the card. However, it wasn’t ‘just’ the four big races that brought over 28,000 people to the track on a steamy Saturday night – it was a chance to see Triple Crown hero American Pharoah, who was paraded after […]

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Frivolous Scores Upset Victory In Fleur De Lis

Last fall, Frivolous scored a 19-1 upset in the G2 Falls City at Churchill Downs. Saturday night, she pulled the upset at Churchill again, landing the Grade 2, $200,000 Fleur de Lis Handicap at odds of 32-1. Victory in the Fleur de Lis gave Frivolous an automatic “Win and You’re In” berth into the Breeders’ […]

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