Windsor Castle gets back in the winning groove taking the Hal's Hope Handicap. Owners Melnyk and Gill off to fast start at Gulfstream Park.
Peter Crane's Hail the Chief, a British import who stamped himself as one of the rising stars in America's handicap division in the spring, will make his anticipated return to racing in Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II
The field for Saturday's $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) gained Congaree, but it lost the Niall O' Callaghan-trained Hail the Chief when he was withdrawn from the race because of injury.
Stonerside Stable's Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) winner Congaree tuned up for a possible berth in Saturday's Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs when he breezed five furlongs in 1:01 1/5 Monday.
James Tafel's Unshaded put in his second consecutive work wearing blinkers Thursday at Churchill Downs as the Travers Stakes (gr. I) winner prepares for the June 15 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs. Another likely Foster entrant, Hawthorne Gold Cup winner Hail The Chief, had his scheduled work pushed back due to the weather and Ben Ali winner Duckhorn is no longer under consideration for the 1 1/8-mile, $750,000 race.
Hail The Chief takes Gold Cup to complete huge week for trainer Niall O'Callaghan.
Peter M. Crane's Hail The Chief has found a new life since being switched to dirt racing.
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