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2012 Kentucky Oaks Wrap

2012 Kentucky Oaks Wrap

Eric Mitchell recaps Kentucky Oaks Day for 2012, highlighted by the victory by Believe You Can and Rosie Napravnik in the Kentucky Oaks. Sponsored by Three Chimneys Farm.

Contested romps in Eight Belles

The two wagering favorites dominated Friday's Grade 3, $110,000 Eight Belles for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, with even-money choice Contested taking over from pacesetter Good Deed at the three-sixteenths pole and drawing away to win by 4 3/4 lengths. Trained by Hall of Famer Bob Baffert and campaigned by his wife, Jill, Contested returned $4.20, $3 and $2.80.

Silver Max wires American Turf

Fresh off a dominating, wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland, Mark Bacon and Dana Wells' Silver Max dished out the same treatment to his rivals in Friday's Grade 2, $238,200 American Turf at Churchill Downs. The biggest difference was the winning rider. With Robby Albarado off his mounts after reportedly being arrested Friday morning for domestic violence, Rafael Bejarano picked up the mount and gave him a textbook ride.

Stephanie's Kitten sets stakes record in Edgewood, eyes Royal Ascot

Ken and Sarah Ramsey's homebred Stephanie's Kitten pounced to a stakes record-setting victory in Friday's $184,800 Edgewood Stakes at Churchill Downs, setting her up for a bold assault on the Group 1 Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot June 22. The winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf over the same course last November, the even-money favorite completed 1 1/16 miles on the firm turf in 1:40.94, best in 27 runnings of the Edgewood.

Dan successful over Fort Larned in Alysheba

Stakes records continued to fall at Churchill Downs Friday as Mort Fink's homebred Successful Dan was timed in 1:41 in winning the Grade 2, $337,800 Alysheba for older horses. Not only was it the fastest time achieved in the nine-year history of the event, but it also bested the previous track-record time of 1:41 1/5 set by Brass Hat in 2007.

Sanchez one to watch at upcoming Arlington meet

Chicagoland racing fans who annually enjoy the Arlington experience may be unfamiliar with the name of jockey Jeffrey Sanchez, but the 26-year-old native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, has rapidly made a strong, positive impression among the nation's more discerning horsemen on other major league circuits.

Juanita provides 16-1 upset in La Troienne

William S. and Graydon Patterson's Juanita kept pace with 2-5 favorite Plum Pretty on the front end of Friday's Grade 2, $327,000 La Troienne Stakes at Churchill Downs before putting that rival away and just holding for the win as St. John's River came with a game late rally in the final strides. Sent off the 16-1 fifth pick, the Mineshaft filly ran 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track in 1:42 4/5 to pay $35.40, $13.20 and $5.

One Thousand Guineas attracts field of 18

The Group 1, £376,500 One Thousand Guineas, run on the Rowley Mile at Newmarket Sunday, has attracted 18 runners. The final field for the first fillies' classic of the season includes the well supported ante-post favorite Maybe, who rounded off an unbeaten juvenile campaign with a smooth victory in the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes in August. The daughter of Galileo and her stablemate Homecoming Queen, who won the Leopardstown One Thousand Guineas Trial in April, will be bidding to give their trainer Aidan O'Brien a second success in the race after Virginia Waters' runaway victory in 2005.

What It's Like to be a Derby Horse Vet

What It's Like to be a Derby Horse Vet

Dr. Foster Northrop, racetrack practitioner and AAEP member, describes the care vets give Derby and Oaks horses, along with what it's like to be a Derby horse vet.

Daddy Long Legs at Churchill Downs

Daddy Long Legs at Churchill Downs

T. J. Comerford, asst. to trainer Aidan O'Brien, discusses Daddy Long Legs' first appearance ar Churchill Downs after clearing quarantine.

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