Lead Story, ridden by Calvin Borel, rallied along the inside on a sloppy Churchill Downs track to romp away in the $334,200 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) for fillies and mares Thursday by a widening 6 1/2 lengths.
Select Stable's Take Charge Lady, one of America's finest fillies during her three years of racing, is a strong favorite to win what may be the final race of her distinguished career in Thursday's $300,000-added Falls City Handicap gr. II), the traditional Thanksgiving Day feature at historic Churchill Downs.
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.
Thirteen 3-year-old fillies were entered Wednesday morning for the fifth running of the grade III, $150,000-added Raven Run, to be run at seven furlongs on Friday, Oct. 10. Contention runs deep as several of the entrants are already graded winners.
Winstar Farm's Awesome Humor leads a well-matched field of 12 entered for Friday's $300,000 Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks (gr. III) at Hoosier Park.
Golden Marlin, winner of the Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) on the dirt in her most recent race, switches to the grass against favored Edgewood Stakes winner Forest Shadows and 10 other promising 3-year-old turf fillies in Saturday's $200,000-added Regret Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs.
Passed briefly inside the half-mile pole, Golden Marlin repelled the challenge and went on to post a one-length victory in Saturday's $109,000 Dogwood Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs.
Making her first start in more than four months, Ocean Drive led from the start to win the $111,300 Appalachian Stakes Friday at Keeneland.
The good news for Allspice is the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. II) for 3-year-old fillies does not possess a dominating presence like 2002 winner Take Charge Lady or undefeated Lady Tak.
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