Stephen Foster Handicap

Stephen Foster: Seeking The Soul Grabs Another Major Prize Beneath Twin Spires

Charles Fipke’s homebred Seeking the Soul was the surprise winner of the 2017 G1 Clark Handicap at nearly 8-1 odds, but 18 months later the 6-year-old son of Perfect Soul did it again beneath the Twin Spires as the 9-2 co-second choice. In this Saturday’s edition of the G2 Stephen Foster Handicap, Seeking the Soul […]

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Seeking The Soul, Yoshida Await Gift Box In Grade 2 Stephen Foster

Hronis Racing LLC’s Santa Anita Handicap winner Gift Box will invade from the West Coast to take on Grade 1 winners Seeking The Soul and Yoshida in Saturday night’s 38th running of the G2 Stephen Foster. The 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster is the richest of six graded stakes races on Saturday’s special 11-race night racing […]

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Churchill ‘Downs After Dark’ Features G2 Stephen Foster, ‘Win And You’re In,’ NBCSN Coverage

Saturday night’s Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser 11-race program at Churchill Downs is highlighted by the $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (GII) and $250,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Budweiser (GII). Both races are part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series. The winner of the Stephen Foster receives an automatic […]

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Oaklawn Handicap Winner Quip Takes Aim At Stephen Foster

WinStar Farm, China Horse Club International and SF Racing’s Oaklawn Handicap (Grade II) winner Quip is at Keeneland preparing for a start in the $600,000 Stephen Foster presented by GE Appliances (GII) on June 15, and trainer Rodolphe Brisset believes the son of Distorted Humor could be on track for a strong 4-year-old campaign. “Since we gave him six months off after the Preakness, he’s really changed and […]

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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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