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Sharp-Trained Twilight Blue, Intrepid Heart Finish 1-2 In Inaugural Fort Larned

After matching strides throughout the stretch, 6-5 favorite Twilight Blue emerged as a narrow head winner over tracking stablemate Intrepid Heart in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $200,000 Fort Larned for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs. Trained by Joe Sharp and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Twilight Blue covered the 1 3/16 miles on […]

Bell’s The One Uncoils Rally From Last To Capture First Running Of Lady Tak At Churchill

Lothenbach Stables Inc.’s Bell’s the One returned to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle for the first time in nine months after she rallied from last in the stretch and surged past pacesetters Joyful Cadence and Lovemesomeme inside the final sixteenth of a mile to win Saturday’s inaugural running of the $200,000 Lady Tak by 1 […]

Arlington Million: Additional Early Pace Should Be ‘Beneficial’ For Santin

Eight-time Churchill Downs leading rider Tyler Gaffalione has never ridden in the $1 million Arlington Million (Grade 1), but hopes his debut in the storied race aboard Godolphin’s Santin brings him to the winner’s circle. “Santin simply has a lot of talent,” Gaffalione said from his summer base at Saratoga Race Course. “He’s been working […]

‘Manny Has Really Come A Long Way With His Skill’: Chad Brown Grants Franco Two Grade 1 Mounts

Multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Chad Brown has been nothing short of dominant over the last decade with his trainees in the Arlington Million (Grade 1) and Beverly D. (G1). On Saturday, the veteran horseman will trust the riding services of New York-based rider Manny Franco with Sacred Life (FR) in the $1 million Arlington Million […]

Foley Hopes Saturday’s Lady Tak Stakes Propels Sconsin To Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint

When trainer Greg Foley first saw the condition book for Arlington Million Day at Churchill Downs his excitement was evident. The reason: the inaugural running of the $200,000 Lady Tak would be staged beneath the historic Twin Spires and he could keep his prized mare Sconsin based in Kentucky to continue her path toward the […]

Beverly D: Princess Grace Could Cap Big Week For Dam Masquerade

It’s already been a successful week for owners Susan and John Moore as their homebred 3-year-old colt Catnip broke his maiden impressively Tuesday at Colonial Downs. Now, the Moore family could complete a double Saturday with Catnip’s half-sister Princess Grace as one of the top choices in the $500,000 Beverly D. (Grade 1) at Churchill […]

Set Piece Aims To Add Grade 1 To His Resume In Arlington Million

Set Piece (GB) arrived in the United States two years ago to the care of multiple Eclipse Award-winning trainer Brad Cox, and since then owner Juddmonte has been rewarded with seven victories. The one missing link in Set Piece’s résumé is a Grade 1 win but Cox hopes that could change in Saturday’s $1 million […]

Round 7: Sconsin Vs. Bell’s The One Rivalry Continues In Saturday’s Lady Tak Stakes

In Saturday’s $200,000 Lady Tak Stakes, two of the biggest rivals on the backstretch of Churchill Downs – multiple graded stakes-winning sprinters Sconsin and Bell’s the One – will face each other for the seventh time in the six-furlong dash on Arlington Million Day. The compact field of five fillies and mares will go to […]

Mr. Wireless Headlines Churchill’s Inaugural Fort Larned Stakes

Jon Lapczenski and JIL Stable’s multiple Grade 3 winner Mr. Wireless will headline Saturday’s inaugural running of the $200,000 Fort Larned Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Fort Larned, run at 1 3/16 miles, was carded as Race 10 of 11 with a post time of 5:51 p.m. (all times Eastern). Saturday’s special Arlington Million Day […]