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Runaway Allowance Winner Warrior Johny Tests Stakes Company In Bourbon Trail

Rigney Racing’s Warrior Johny, an eye-catching 8 ½-length allowance winner one month ago at Saratoga, will test stakes company for the first time in Saturday night’s second running of the $275,000 Bourbon Trail at Churchill Downs. The Bourbon Trail, won last year by King Fury, was carded as Race 10 of 11 with a post […]

Champion Echo Zulu Back On Track In Saturday’s Dogwood

L and N Racing and Winchell Thoroughbreds’ three-time Grade 1-winning filly Echo Zulu will make her first start since finishing fourth in this year’s $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade 1) when she goes to post as the likely favorite in Saturday night’s 42nd running of the $275,000 Dogwood (G3) at Churchill Downs. The seven-furlong […]

Leparoux Building Momentum In Second Half Of The Year

Veteran jockey Julien Leparoux has been on a roll to start the September meet at Churchill Downs where he recorded four wins from nine starts over the first three days of the 14-day stand. The 39-year-old French-born rider recorded three wins Friday and added a victory in Saturday’s Pocahontas (G3) aboard the Kenny McPeek-trained Fun […]

Miles Ahead Prevails By Slimmest Margin In Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Miles Ahead finished in front of pacesetter Isolate and closer Necker Island to prevail by the slimmest of margins in a three-horse photo in Saturday’s $265,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs. Miles Ahead ran six furlongs in 1:09.02 under jockey Martin Garcia, who piloted the winner for trainer Paul McGee […]

‘She Always Gives It Her All’: Bell’s The One Bests Two Rivals In Churchill’s Open Mind

Lothenbach Stables Inc.’s Bell’s the One collared pacesetter Joyful Cadence and longtime rival Sconsin in deep stretch to win Saturday’s 13th running of the $295,000 Open Mind at Churchill Downs by one length. The victory in the listed stakes marked Bell’s the One’s 11th career stakes win and sixth overall at Churchill Downs, which is […]

Played Hard Makes The Grade In Locust Grove, Provides Notable Firsts For Owner, Trainer

Played Hard grabbed the lead from pacesetter Crazy Beautiful midway around the final turn and kicked home for a comfortable 5 ¾-length win over that rival in Saturday’s 38th running of the $393,000 Locust Grove (G3) for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs. The victory gave owner Richard Rigney and trainer Phil Bauer their first […]

‘Road To The Kentucky Oaks’: Late-Kicking Fun And Fiesty Takes Pocahontas At Churchill Downs

Fun and Feisty, owned by Michael Mackin’s Lucky Seven Stable of Louisville, displayed a powerful late kick down the stretch and comfortably won Saturday’s 54th running of the $300,000 Pocahonatas (G3) for 2-year-old fillies by 3 ½ lengths over Shoplifter at Churchill Downs. Fun and Feisty ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.86 to give jockey […]

‘Road To The Kentucky Derby’: Curly Jack Upstages Favorites With Convincing Iroquois Win

Michael McLouglin’s Curly Jack is the early points leader on the 2023 “Road to the Kentucky Derby” after the Good Magic colt won Saturday’s 41st running of the $299,250 Iroquois (G3) for 2-year-olds by one length over Honed at Churchill Downs. Jace’s Road was another half-length back in third and betting favorites Damon’s Mound and […]

All-Stakes Pick 5 With 15 Percent Takeout On Saturday’s Card At Churchill Downs

Saturday’s 11-race card from Churchill Downs will feature an all-stakes 50-cent Late Pick 5 that will begin in Race 7 at 3:50 p.m. The 15% takeout bet will cover the $300,000 Open Mind (Race 7), $400,000 Locust Grove (G3) (Race 8), $300,000 Iroquois (G3) (Race 9), $275,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society (Race 10) and $300,000 Pocahontas […]

‘She’s Taken Us On A Lot Of Journeys’: Pessin Grateful For Bell’s The One

Lothenbach Stables’ Bell’s the One will meet her rival Sconsin for the eighth time Saturday in the $300,000 Open Mind (Listed), and trainer Neil Pessin hopes she can avenge her defeat from last year’s race. Bell’s the One got the better of Sconsin by 2 ½ lengths in the $200,000 Lady Tak one month ago. […]