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Miesque's Approval Sparkles in Firecracker

Heavily favored Miesque's Approval, ridden by Eddie Castro, rallied from last in the field of seven and drew clear to a 1 ΒΌ-length win over the closing Free Thinking in Saturday's $269,250 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

Miesque's Approval Set to Pop in Firecracker

Live Oak Plantation's Miesque's Approval, an upset winner over NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) winner Artie Schiller in his most recent start, is the prohibitive favorite in a field of seven older turf runners in the $250,000-added Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs Saturday.

Day Looking for Good Journey in Firecracker

With a solid mid-June tightener under his belt, the 6-year-old Nureyev horse Good Journey returns to stakes company as the morning-line favorite Thursday in the $250,000 Firecracker Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIT) at Churchill Downs.

Trainer Probably Won't Pursue Churchill Protest

Trainer Richard Saland, who filed a protest in connection with the July 4 Firecracker Handicap at Churchill Downs, said Tuesday he didn't plan to pursue the matter further for lack of evidence. Saland told the stewards he saw a veterinarian administer a milkshake to a Firecracker starter in the stakes barn earlier in the day.

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