Golden Rod

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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Weekend Lineup: Graded Action Picks Up At Churchill, Del Mar

After a few weeks of light graded stakes action in the aftermath of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, things are busy once more across the nation. The Grade 1 Clark Stakes – the highlight of the Churchill Downs Fall Meet – has again assembled a competitive field while juveniles are in the spotlight beneath the Twin […]

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Liora Holds Off Favored Restless Rider In Golden Rod

Coffeepot Stables’ 2-year-old filly Liora – the longest shot in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies at odds of 27-1 – led every step of the way and narrowly repelled a late bid by odds-on 3-5 favorite and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I) runner-up Restless Rider to win Saturday’s 75th running of the $200,000 […]

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McPeek Team Focused On ‘Moving Foward’ With Promising Juveniles

It arguably has been one of the most difficult meets of veteran trainer Kenny McPeek’s 34-year career with the passing of exercise rider Odanis Acuna last Saturday. But the lifelong horseman hopes to move forward into next weekend’s Stars of Tomorrow II program at Churchill Downs with talented juveniles Signalman and Restless Rider in the […]

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Front-Running Carina Mia Steals Golden Rod

Three Chimneys Farm’s Carina Mia jumped to the lead from the start and turned back a challenge from previously unbeaten favorite Stageplay in mid-stretch and drew away on a sloppy track to a front-running 4 ¼-length victory under Julien Leparoux in Saturday’s 72nd running of the $200,000-guaranteed Golden Rod Stakes (Grade II) for juvenile fillies […]

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Carina Mia Will Try Two Turns In Saturday’s Golden Rod

Three Chimneys Farm LLC’s Carina Mia, a 9 ¾-length winner last time out in a maiden special weight at Keeneland, will be stretching out to two turns for the first time when she takes on eight other 2-year-old fillies in Saturday’s $200,000 Golden Rod Presented by (GII) over 1 1/16 miles on the Churchill […]

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Seaneen Girl upsets field in Golden Rod

Somewhat reminiscent of 2009 Kentucky Derby-winner Mine That Bird, a horse that was privately purchased after racing in Canada sprung a major upset beneath the Twin Spires. Seaneen Girl, the longest shot in a field of nine 2-year-old fillies, rallied from mid-pack to beat 2-1 favorite Gal About Town by a half-length in Saturday’s Grade […]

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Pocahontas winner On Fire Baby favorite to take home Golden Rod

Anita Cauley’s homebred On Fire Baby, winner by three-quarters of length in the $150,000-added Pocahontas (Grade II) in the Stars of Tomorrow I program on the opening day of the Fall Meet, is the early favorite to add another graded-stakes win to her growing resumé when she faces 10 rivals in Saturday’s 68th running of […]

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Kathmanblu tops in Ashland field

A deep field that includes four graded stakes winners, Golden Rod winner Kathmanblu is the early favorite for the Ashland Stakes at Keeneland on Saturday. The daughter of Bluegrass Cat, she enters the race on a three-race win streak. Other notables include Dancinginherdreams, Lilacs and Lace and Delightful Mary.

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