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Gaffalione, Cox Secure Respective Jockey, Trainer Titles At Churchill Downs

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione and trainer Brad Cox entered the final day of racing at Churchill Downs Sunday by already locking up their respective titles for the September Meet through dominating performances across the 14-day stand. Gaffalione and Cox both defended their titles from a year ago and set September Meet records for wins: Gaffalione with […]

More Than Looks Powers From Next To Last For Jefferson Cup Victory

More Than Looks displayed an impressive closing kick to rally from the back and easily win Saturday’s 43rd running of the $200,000 Jefferson Cup for 3-year-olds at Churchill Downs by 2¾ lengths over Smokey Mandate. Ridden by Cristian Torres and trained by Cherie DeVaux, More Than Looks had one horse beat in the early stages […]

Zozos Romps Gate To Wire In Ack Ack For First Graded Win, Earns Breeders’ Cup Berth

Barry and Joni Butzow’s homebred Zozos set a measured early pace and had plenty left down the stretch to turn back late runs from Stage Raider and Three Technique and win Saturday’s 31st renewal of the $400,000 Ack Ack (G3) by one length at Churchill Down. Zozos, a 4-year-old son of Munnings, ran one mile […]

Clapton Wears Down Trademark For Lukas Classic Triumph, Ultimate Goal Is Dubai

A fast early pace helped set up the closing kick of Clapton, who flew down the Churchill Downs stretch to narrowly edge Trademark by a head at the wire and win Saturday’s 10th running of the $438,660 Lukas Classic (G2) for 3-year-olds and up. Clapton, ridden by Cristian Torres and trained by Chad Summers, stopped […]

Caravel, Set Piece, Get Smokin Anchor Churchill’s Saturday Work Tab

It was a busy Saturday morning at Churchill Downs where 157 horses recorded published workouts, including graded stakes winners Caravel, Get Smokin. and Set Piece (GB). Caravel, a Pennsylvania-bred horse of the year who won last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1), made her return to Churchill Downs about three weeks ago from Saratoga to […]

Early Speed Would Benefit Rattle N Roll In Lukas Classic

Multiple graded stakes winner Rattle N Roll spent the majority of the summer based at Saratoga for trainer Kenny McPeek but has now made his return to Churchill Downs and will attempt to round back into form in Saturday’s $500,000 Lukas Classic (Grade 2). Tabbed as the 7-5 morning line choice in the 1 1/8-mile […]

Rebounding Zozos Should Be ‘Tough’ In Saturday’s Ack Ack

Multiple stakes winner Zozos will attempt to keep his perfect 2-for-2 record in races carded at one mile when he competes as the heavy 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s 31st running of the $400,000 Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs. Owned by Barry and Joni Butzow, Zozos has won five of seven starts after […]

Chad Summers Back At Churchill In Search Of Second Lukas Classic Win

Trainer Chad Summers made a splash in 2018 at Churchill Downs when his multiple Grade I-winning New York-bred Mind Your Biscuits won the Lukas Classic (Grade 2). Five years later, Summers is back at the Louisville racetrack for the Lukas Classic with RRR Racing’s recent private purchase Clapton. “It’s great coming back here,” Summers said. […]

Three Technique To Bid For Breeders’ Cup Berth In ‘Win & You’re In’ Ack Ack

Grade 2 winner Three Technique will attempt to garner an all-entry-fees-paid berth into the $1-million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) as the headliner of Saturday’s 31st running of the $400,000 Ack Ack (G3) at Churchill Downs. The one-mile Ack Ack Stakes is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” contest for the  Dirt Mile Nov. […]

Apprentice Torres, Protege Of Hall Of Famers, Makes New Home On Kentucky Circuit

Apprentice jockey Jaime Torres has found a new home on the Kentucky circuit with the help of his agent, Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens, and the backing of Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. “It’s been a dream to come ride in Kentucky,” Torres said. “I’m pretty new to the sport. One day […]