Stephen Foster Handicap

Bloodlines: Pedigree And Other Shades Of Pavel

Fans of gray horses have long had the sharp, iron-gray Pavel (by Creative Cause) at the top of their lists among good-looking horses with talent. A winner of the Grade 3 Smarty Jones Stakes at Parx as a 3-year-old, Pavel had next finished third in the G1 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. Since then, […]

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Stephen Foster Winner Pavel Points For Pacific Classic On Way To Breeders’ Cup

Pavel, winner of the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs Saturday night, will likely make his next start in the G1 Pacific Classic at Del Mar. Trainer Doug O’Neill told the Daily Racing Form Pavel probably won’t race until then (Aug. 18) but that could still change. With his win Saturday, Pavel earned […]

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Backyard Heaven, Irish War Cry, Patch Headline Grade 1 Stephen Foster

East Coast invaders Backyard Heaven and Irish War Cry headline a field of nine older horses in the  Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap presented by GE Appliances – the centerpiece of an action-packed, prime-time Saturday program at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster Handicap is the richest of five graded stakes races on Saturday’s […]

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Total Purses $8.84 Million For Churchill Spring Meet

The 144th renewals of the $2 million-guaranteed Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) and the $1 million-guaranteed Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) headline a strong roster of 32 stakes races with total purses of $8.84 million scheduled for Churchill Downs Racetrack’s April 28-June 30 Spring Meet. The schedule is headlined by a spectacular Kentucky Derby Day on Saturday, May 5 that features seven […]

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Lucky ‘Rabbit’s Foot’: Gun Runner’s Extra Horseshoe Brings Additional Intrigue To Whitney

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimney’s Gun Runner was in fine fettle Sunday morning following his 5 ¼-length domination in Saturday’s Grade 1, $1.2 million Whitney – a performance made all the more memorable by a wayward horseshoe that mystifyingly made its way into the chestnut colt’s tail. “He’s fabulous, happy with himself, came back great,” […]

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Gun Runner Fue La Gran Estrella En El Stephen Foster Handicap

La noche sabatina de Churchill Downs tuvo un gran protagonista: Gun Runner. El alazán hijo del argentino Candy Ride dio una demostración de superioridad al ganar de tiro a tiro y por siete cuerpos el Stephen Foster Handicap (G1, $500,000), ante más de 20,000 aficionados que disfrutaron de su despliegue de calidad en el centenario […]

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‘Simply The Real Deal’: Gun Runner To Aim For Saratoga After Stephen Foster Romp

Trainer Steve Asmussen was still beaming Sunday morning following Gun Runner’s stellar seven-length victory in Saturday night’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE Appliances (Grade I). “There’s not more I can say then this horse is simply the real deal,” Asmussen said. “We’ll look at races at Saratoga for his next start, possibly the […]

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Gun Runner Never Threatened In Stephen Foster Victory

Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm’s Gun Runner proved his dominance over the local handicap division in Saturday evening’s G1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs, taking the lead from the start and shaken up in the stretch to win by a record-setting seven lengths. The 4-year-old son of Candy Ride, ridden by Florent Geroux, has […]

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Breaking Lucky Hopes To Pull Upset In G1 Stephen Foster Handicap

Canadian-invader Breaking Lucky will attempt to avenge his loss to Gun Runner in last year’s $500,000 Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (Grade I) in Saturday’s $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE Appliances (GI) at Churchill Downs. “I love coming to Louisville,” trainer Reade Baker said. “This city is a lot different than Canada […]

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Equibase Analysis: Honorable Duty Might Have Slight Edge In Loaded Stephen Foster

On a night loaded with great racing, including five graded stakes, the 36th running of the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap will be a race full of talented horses. Featuring seven graded stakes winners in a field of eight, the Stephen Foster is also a “Win and You’re In” race to the Breeders’ Cup […]

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