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Turf Triple: ‘Big Race’ On Tap For O’Brien-Trained Blenheim Palace; Coral Beach ‘Encouraging’

Trainer Aidan O’Brien’s Turf Triple contingent trained over the Belmont main track on Friday morning, as Blenheim Palace once again led the quartet, followed by fellow Belmont Derby contender Cape of Good Hope and the fillies Coral Beach and Just Wonderful, who will start in the Grade 1 Belmont Oaks Invitational. “They jogged one lap […]

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Belmont Derby: Turf ‘Should Suit’ Plus Que Parfait, Moon Colony ‘Doing Extremely Well’

Trainer Brendan Walsh will be racing Plus Que Parfait back on turf in next Saturday’s Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Derby Invitational, which is the headlining event for the Stars & Stripes Racing Festival, July 6. The 3-year-old chestnut son of Point of Entry made his career debut on grass when third behind multiple graded-stakes […]

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‘Intelligent’ Phantom Boss Ships East To Win Bashford Manor

Southern California invader Phantom Boss inched clear in the final eighth of a mile to win Saturday’s 118th running of the $125,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on closing day at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet to beat Rowdy Yates by three-quarters of a length. Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Phantom Boss ran six furlongs over a […]

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Steve Asmussen Extends Churchill Record To 21st Training Title

Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen dominated the trainer standings at Churchill Downs’ 2019 Spring Meet with 27 victories to win his record-extending 21st leading trainer title at the Louisville track. Asmussen, 53, enters Saturday’s card ready to eclipse 180 starts for the 38-day meet, smashing his previous record of 130 starters at the 2011 […]

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Lanerie ‘Back On Track’ With 17th Leading Rider Title At Churchill

Veteran jockey Corey Lanerie entered Saturday’s closing day program at Churchill Downs with a commanding 41-29 win lead over Miguel Mena in the jockey standings and clinched his 17th leading rider title at the 38-day Spring Meet. Lanerie, 44, has won six of the last eight Spring Meet riding championships. Lanerie was poised to win […]

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Mandatory Payout: Churchill’s Closing Day Single 6 Jackpot Offers $327,000 Carryover

A lucrative total Single 6 Jackpot pool that could eclipse $1 million will be up for grabs Saturday at Churchill Downs on closing day of the Louisville racetrack’s 38-day Spring Meet. There’s a $327,613 carryover for the 19th straight race day after multiple tickets hit Friday’s six-race sequence. Because Saturday is closing day, there will […]

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Brian Hernandez Rides 600th Winner Beneath Churchill’s Twin Spires

Brian Hernandez Jr. became only the 13th jockey in Churchill Downs history to ride 600 winners at the home of the Kentucky Derby when the 33-year-old won Friday’s featured 10th race aboard Twelfth Labour for trainer Dallas Stewart. “It certainly means a lot to get this accomplishment,” Hernandez said. “I started riding at Churchill the […]

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Hancock Brothers Could Sweep Closing Day Juvenile Stakes At Churchill

Saturday’s closing-day stakes at Churchill Downs could be preps for Ellis Park’s 2-year-old stakes in August. When one of the Hancock brothers, trainers John and Jack, has a young horse running in June, you know Ellis Park is likely in the plans as a subsequent start. The Hancocks are third-generation horsemen who make their family’s […]

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Jockey Robby Albarado Suffers Fractured Wrist In Churchill Spill

According to the Daily Racing Form’s Marty McGee on Twitter, jockey Robby Albarado suffered a fractured left wrist during an incident on Sunday at Churchill Downs. During the second race, Albarado was riding 2-year-old first-time starter Dennis’ Moment for trainer Dale Romans. The colt appeared to either stumble or clip heels with a drifting rival near […]

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Mia Mischief Overwhelms Covfefe In Roxelana Overnight Stakes

Mia Mischief, winner of the $500,000 Humana Distaff (Grade I) on Kentucky Derby Day, ran shoulder-to-shoulder with swift pace-setter Covfefe and put away the 2-5 favorite inside the final 50 yards to win Saturday’s 10th running of the $120,100 Roxelana Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs by three-quarters of a length. Late-closing Awestruck narrowly picked up […]

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