Tom Crouch does not mind shipping his homebred filly Kettleoneup all over the nation. The 4-year-old has been to seven different racetracks this year alone.
Combustion Racing's Delicate Dynamite has been a consistent performer for three years, producing a record of 24-7-7-3 for earnings of $348,649. All that is missing from the resume of the 4-year-old filly is a graded stakes victory.
Azeri, who figured to be the brightest star to shine over the holiday weekend at Churchill Downs in Thursday's Falls City Handicap (gr. II), has not been entered by trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Lukas, along with owner Michael Paulson, wasn't overly concerned with the 126-pound assessment, it was the spread in the weights that will keep her on the sidelines.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas says he's undecided about whether to run Azeri in the $300,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs on Thanksgiving Day due to concern over weight assignments.
Allen E. Paulson Living Trust's Azeri, the all-time leading money earner among females with $4,079,820, will be retired to be bred in early 2005 after possibly making one or two more starts.
The decision by trainer Bobby Frankel to pull Juddmonte Farms' Sightseek out of Thursday's Falls City Handicap (gr. II) has led to some predictable shuffling in the field.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady breezed a strong five furlongs over a "sloppy" Churchill Downs track on Wednesday in preparation for the $300,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving Day.
A number of racetracks have stakes races or special events on Thanksgiving Day, including Aqueduct, Churchill Downs, Calder, and Thistledown.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, one of the brightest stars in an outstanding crop of 3-year-old fillies, looms as a solid favorite as she faces older rivals in the grade II, $250,000 Falls City Handicap on Thanksgiving Day.
Allamerican Bertie, ridden by Pat Day, made her turf debut Thursday a winning one, setting the pace and turning back a slight challenge at the top of the stretch for a convincing eight-length victory over Histoire Sainte in the featured $59,500 allowance race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
A field of seven was entered Tuesday for the $250,000-added Falls City (gr. III), which will be run on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. The field includes six grade I winners and three Breeders' Cup champions in Unbridled Elaine (2001Distaff), Spain (2000 Distaff and 2001 Distaff runner-up) and Caressing (2000 Juvenile Fillies).
Spain, who won the 2000 edition of the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I) and came within a head of repeating that feat this year, worked a sharp :59 4/5 over five furlongs in her final preparation for Thursday's $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
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