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Wilbo Takes Aristides By A Neck On Downs After Dark Card At Churchill

With a furlong to run Saturday night’s 31st running of the $125,000 Aristides Presented by GE Appliances (Listed) at Churchill Downs, it looked as if six of the seven older horses could win, but it was Chris Wilkins’ 7-year-old gelding Wilbo who emerged as the victor in the final stages to beat Petrov by a […]

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Excessivespending Earns First Stakes Win In Menard Memorial

After knocking on the door in several stakes events, Joey Keith Davis’ Excessivespending ($10.20, $4.20 and $3.80) finally secured a triumph against such caliber in Saturday’s Nelson J. Menard Memorial Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds. The 5-year-old daughter of Shackleford sat off the pace led by Fiesta who recorded opening fractions of 22.01 and […]

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Kennedy, Agent O’Connor ‘Walking The Miles’ To Success At Fair Grounds

Spending a season at a whole new racetrack can be tough for a young rider like Ty Kennedy, but this Fair Grounds meet, he has proven that he’s capable of handling a challenge. Kennedy, 24, is making his first winter in New Orleans a successful one so far with a dozen victories finishing in the […]

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Wilbo, Hogy Headline Pair Of Stakes On Churchill’s ‘Downs After Dark’ Saturday

Chris Wilkins’ multiple stakes winner Wilbo heads a competitive field of seven older sprinters that were entered in Saturday night’s 30th running of the $100,000 Aristides Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong Aristides, named after the first Kentucky Derby winner in 1875, is the first of two stakes events on Saturday’s 11-race Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser […]

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Who Do You Like? Churchill Downs Trainers Offer Breeders’ Cup Classic Picks

Some of Churchill Downs’ top horsemen gave their expert opinion on who they like in Saturday’s $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita. Here’s what they had to say: Trainer Ron Moquett: “I like California Chrome because of the fact that he’s a true mile-and-a-quarter horse. I don’t know what Arrogate will do when he runs against older horses […]

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Alsvid Hangs Tough To Defend In Aristides

James Rogers’ (Black Hawk Stables) Alsvid hung on late to earn a head victory in his second Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs, despite minor issues with his bridle slipping back down his neck. The 7-year-old son of Officer would not be denied, covering six furlongs over the main track, rated fast despite rainy […]

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Stakes Winner Alsvid Helping Trainer Chris Hartman Make A Name For Himself

Trainer Chris Hartman may not be a familiar name on the Kentucky racing circuit, but that will likely change very soon. For many years, Hartman was based out west, at tracks in Arizona, Texas, and Oklahoma. Earlier this year, he captured his first training title at Oaklawn Park, finishing four wins ahead of perennial leader, […]

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Alsvid Conquers Champion Work All Week In Aristides

Making his 2015 debut, Eclipse champion sprinter Work All Week was sent off by bettors at 3-5 but had to settle for second as Alsvid pulled away to score in the Grade 3 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs Saturday. After a first quarter in :21.48, Work All Week seized the lead but was quickly challenged […]

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Oaklawn Closes Meet With Record-Setting Purses

Highlighted by a season high crowd of 67,500 and a scintillating performance by Zayat Stables’ American Pharoah in the $1 million Arkansas Derby (G1), Oaklawn’s 2015 live meet ended Saturday, April 11, with record-setting purses and increases in total handle. “We couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season,” said Director of Racing […]

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Second Time The Charm For Alsvid In Count Fleet

The second time proved to be the charm for Alsvid when it came to the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, as the 6-year-old gelding picked up his first graded stakes victory in the race on Thursday afternoon. The Chris Hartman trainee stalked the early pace and moved along with closing Ivan Fallunovalot going into […]

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