Golden Rod Stakes

Heavily Favored Finite Has To Dig Deep For Golden Rod Victory

Ron Winchell, Thomas Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah Easter’s Finite was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes, but the 2-year-old filly had to dig deep for a half-length victory over 13-1 Motu. Finite stalked the early pace, went three wide on the turn and battled all the way […]

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‘Big Dreams Like Everyone Else’; Sackatoga, Tagg Take Aim At Second Derby Run

Sackatoga Stable’s Tiz the Law was made the 7-5 morning line favorite by veteran oddsmaker Mike Battaglia for Saturday’s $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II) – the co-featured event on Saturday’s penultimate day of racing at the 2019 Fall Meet. Trained by 2003 Kentucky Derby-winning conditioner Barclay Tagg, the undefeated Grade I winner has gotten […]

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Churchill, Fair Grounds Team To Offer ‘Fleur De Lis Pick 4’ On November 30

For the second consecutive year, Churchill Downs Racetrack and Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots will team to offer horseplayers a cross-track Pick 4 on Saturday, Nov. 30. Billed as the “Fleur de Lis Pick 4,” bettors will be required to pick the winners of four races late Saturday afternoon: two races at Fair Grounds […]

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Catalano ‘Ecstatic’ About Royally-Bred Maiden Winner Winter Sunset

Trainer Wayne Catalano could not have been any happier with the career debut of Winter Sunset, who won first time out over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Thursday afternoon. Breaking from the rail under jockey Channing Hill, Winter Sunset was sent straight to the front and glided home […]

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Restless Rider Heavily Favored In Golden Rod At Churchill Downs

Three Chimneys Farm and Fern Circle Stables’ Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies runner-up Restless Rider will challenge seven 2-year-old fillies as the 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s 75th running of the $200,000 Golden Rod (GII) at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16-mile race is the co-headliner on the second-to-last of the 21-day Fall Meet. […]

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Monomoy Girl ‘In Good Order,’ Likely For Keeneland’s Ashland In April

With a graded stakes victory under her belt and a security of 50 points on the Kentucky Oaks Leaderboard in the Gr. II Rachel Alexandra Stakes, Monomoy Girl will likely make her next start in the Gr. I $500,000 Central Bank Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Apr. 7, according to trainer Brad Cox. “Moving forward plan A is […]

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Road To Victory Finds Her Way In Golden Rod Stakes

Gary Barber and John Oxley’s Road to Victory bested the favored Monomoy Girl at odds of 7-1 in Saturday’s Grade 2 Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs, grinding out a win by about a head at the wire. The 2-year-old daughter of Quality Road, ridden by Julien Leparoux for trainer Mark Casse, dogged the favorite […]

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‘Versatile’ Lovely Bernadette Seeks Fourth Win In A Row In Golden Rod

James Miller’s Lovely Bernadette enters Saturday’s $200,000 Golden Rod (GII) with a three-race win streak that she will put on the line against 11 other 2-year-old fillies in the 1 1/16-mile event at Churchill Downs. The homebred daughter of Bernardini started her hot streak when she broke her maiden over the Churchill main track on […]

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Weekend Lineup: Clark Handicap, Cigar Mile Highlight Holiday Weekend

This Thanksgiving weekend’s graded stakes racing is highlighted by a pair of Grade 1 events: the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Friday, and the Cigar Mile at Aqueduct on Saturday. Kicking things off on Friday afternoon is the rescheduled G2 Kennedy Road Stakes (4:46 p.m. EST) at Woodbine, canceled due to weather last Sunday. […]

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