Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic

Distorted Humor's Santin Game in Turf Classic

Adding blinkers proved quite fruitful two days in a row for Brendan Walsh. 'TDN Rising Star' New Year's Eve (Kitten's Joy) donned blinkers for the first time Friday when registering an upset score in the GII Edgewood S. The additional equipment was even more lucrative for Walsh Saturday when Santin became the latest Grade I winner for his timeless sire Distorted Humor with a gutsy victory in the GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic S. at Churchill Downs. Away alertly from the outside post in this 10-horse affair, the 7-1...

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Shirl's Speight Favored in Turf Classic

Shirl's Speight (Speightstown) is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic S. at Churchill Downs Saturday. The Charles Fipke homebred, saddled by Roger Attfield, gets an extra furlong to work with after a dramatic late-running victory in the GI Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland last time out Apr. 15. The lightly raced 'TDN Rising Star', who will be making his first start at Churchill Downs, won the 2020 GIII Marine S. over the all-weather at Woodbine and captured the GIII Tampa Bay S. over the...

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Pletcher Duo Gearing Up for Pegasus World Cup

A year after adding the GI Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational to his Hall of Fame resume, trainer Todd Pletcher is targeting the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational for his next conquest during the upcoming Championship Meet at Gulfstream Park. The Pegasus World Cup and the Pegasus World Cup Turf will co-headline a program with seven graded stakes Jan. 29. Pletcher, the defending 18-time Championship Meet titlist, is preparing 'TDN Rising Star' Life Is Good (Into Mischief) for a start in the Pegasus World Cup, as well as planning for...

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A Heater In the Turf Classic
A Heater In the Turf Classic

Six months ago, Klaravich Stables' Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) was the leader of a very strong group of turf sophomores, having won the valuable Saratoga Derby over the summer before a year-ending defeat of Smooth Like Strait (Midnight Lute) in the GI Hollywood Derby. But while that one was given his winter's rest, Robert and Lawana Low's Colonel Liam (Liam's Map), a progressive sort who finished within three-quarters of a length of Domestic Spending at the Spa last summer, had assumed 'King of the Hill' status, courtesy of a...

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Early Kentucky Oaks Nominations Due Saturday

Early nominations for the GI Longines Kentucky Oaks and GI Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic, held annually on GI Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs, are due Saturday. Early nominations to the 1 1/8-mile Longines Kentucky Oaks Friday, Apr. 30, cost $200. A payment of $100 must be paid to become eligible for the May 1 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic. Owners and trainers can nominate by calling the Churchill Downs Racing Office at (502) 636-3806. Stakes nomination forms are available online. A late nomination period, for both the Longines...

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