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  • Perfect Drift Headed for Washington Park 'Cap

    Trainer Murray Johnson said Perfect Drift's first race since his June 14 victory over Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster (gr. I) would come at Arlington Park on July 19 in the $400,000 Washington Park Handicap (gr. II).

  • Foster Winner Perfect Drift Returns for Breeze

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, an upset winner over Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), turned in his first work since that race with an easy five-furlong breeze on Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville Training Center.

  • Hollywood Gold Cup in Perfect Drift's Sight

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of last week's $750,000-added Stephen Foster (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will most likely be heading to Hollywood Park for his next race.

  • Trainer Murray Johnson celebrates Perfect Drift's victory in the Stephen Foster.

    Perfect Drift Deserves World Stage, Johnson Says

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, who edged heavily favored Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I), will get a little time to relax after the biggest win of his career. After that, the sky's the limit, says trainer Murray Johnson.

  • Perfect Drift, left, runs down favored Mineshaft in the final furlong to capture the Stephen Foster Handicap Saturday at Churchill Downs.

    Get My Drift

    Turns out Perfect Drift was carrying just a tad more than his assigned 115 pounds at Churchill Downs June 14 in the $856,500 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I). Tucked under the saddlecloth beneath Pat Day was a six-inch braid of hair made from John Henry's tail.

  • Stephen Foster Handicap Field Shaping Up

    Grade I winners Aldebaran and Mineshaft expected to headline Saturday's contest at Churchill Downs, while Pat Day now has the mount on Perfect Drift.

  • Perfect Drift Works, Looks Ready for Foster

    Perfect Drift, the third place finisher in the 2002 Kentucky Derby (gr. I), breezed an easy half-mile Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center and trainer Murray Johnson said the Dynaformer gelding appears ready for a likely run in next Saturday's $750,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).

  • Perfect Drift Continues to Train Impressively

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the 2002 Kentucky Derby, continued his impressive training toward a possible run in the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) with a sharp six furlong breeze Saturday at Trackside Louisville.

  • Rouvres, With Anticipation Top Woodford Cast

    A showdown between veteran star With Anticipation and exciting French newcomer Rouvres is expected to provided added sizzle in Saturday's $300,000-added Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs.

  • Foot Injury Flares; Perfect Drift Done for Year

    A recurrence of a foot infection knocked Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift out of Friday's $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) at Churchill Downs and has ended the season for the third-place finisher in this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I).

  • Clark Handicap contender Crafty Shaw, with trainer Pete Vestal.

    Crafty Shaw Sizzles in Clark Workout

    Crafty Shaw, winner of the Schaefer Mile at Hoosier Park in his most recent outing, tuned up for a run in the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. I) with a sizzling workout on Monday at Churchill Downs.

  • Lido Palace, Take Charge Lady Given Top Weights

    Grade I winners Lido Palace and Take Charge Lady have been assigned the high weight, respectively, for the $400,000-added Clark handicap (gr. II) and the $250,000-added Falls City Handicap (gr. II), the final handicap races of the 113th Fall Meet at Churchill Downs.

  • Perfect Drift Has Minor Foot Abscess

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift continues to be pointed toward Friday's Clark Handicap (gr. II) despite a minor foot ailment that canceled a work on Saturday and kept him in the barn for a second consecutive day on Sunday.

  • Perfect Drift in Bullet Move at Churchill

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, third in the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) and winner of the Spiral (gr. II) and Indiana Derby (gr. III), continued his training for the Clark Handicap (gr. II) with a sharp six-furlong breeze Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center.

  • Perfect Drift Prepares for Clark Handicap

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift continued his preparation for the $400,000-added Clark Handicap (gr. II) on Nov. 29 with a four-furlong work on Saturday at Churchill Downs' Trackside Louisville training center.

  • Perfect Drift Returns to Track

    The Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I) at Arlington Park was a tougher journey than anticipated for Stonecrest Farm's homebred Perfect Drift, but the 3-year-old gelding came out of the race little worse for the wear

  • Perfect Drift: The Forgotten Derby Horse

    There are five horses from this year's Kentucky Derby (gr. I) set to run Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). That is the most ever, the previous high being three, most recently in 1999.

  • Classic's Perfect Drift Among Workers Tuesday at Churchill

    Major preparations by Breeders' Cup contenders based at Churchill Downs were completed Tuesday as Perfect Drift and three other horses bound for Saturday's races turned in their final preps before shipping to Arlington Park for Saturday's races.

  • A Classic Puzzler

    Welcome to the Rubic's Cube of horse races, better known as the 2002 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Go ahead; just try to figure this one out.

  • Perfect Drift Outlasts Easyfromthegitgo in Indy Derby

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, who was making his first start since the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) on June 8, took command at the head of the stretch and held off the fast-closing Easyfromthegitgo to win the eighth running of the $400,000 Indiana Derby (gr. III) by 3/4 of a length at Hoosier Park Saturday.

  • Perfect Drift, foreground, winning the Spiral Stakes.

    'Ferry' Meets Perfect Drift in Indiana Derby

    Wiseman's Ferry, the Lone Star and West Virginia Derby (both gr. III) winner, has been installed the 3-1 morning line favorite for Saturday's Indiana Derby (gr. III), and the son of Hennessy will face 11 rivals including Triple Crown runners Perfect Drift and Easyfromthegitgo.

  • Perfect Drift to Miss 60 Days Due to Shin Problem

    Trainer Murray Johnson said Monday that Perfect Drift, who finished 10th as the 5-1 second choice in the Belmont Stakes, came out of the race with a shin problem, which will keep him out of serious training for about 60 days.

  • Just the Beginning for Perfect Drift

    This may be the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), but trainer Murray Johnson sees it as just the start for Perfect Drift, who he sends out Saturday to try and deny War Emblem a Triple Crown.

  • Perfect Drift Tightens Up for Belmont Stakes

    Hours before his fellow sophomores squared off in the Preakness, Kentucky Derby third-place finisher Perfect Drift began his serious training for the Belmont Stakes with a five-furlong work at the Trackside training center in Louisville.

  • Steve Haskin's Derby Wrapup...or Post Mortem

    This was certainly not one of the most inspiring Derbys. In addition, we blew it, pure and simple. We were sniffing up the right tree, but lost our scent at the last minute. In the end, however, the best horse did win.

  • Harlan's Holiday, working out at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (4/30): Closing Prices

    With so many classy speed horses and stalkers in this year's Derby, we were particularly interested in the final works by two of the closers whom we feel have a good chance to come charging late and who have the pedigrees to get the mile and a quarter.

  • Perfect Drift Completes Sharp Friday Work

    Stonecrest Farm's Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. II) winner Perfect Drift worked six furlongs for trainer Murray Johnson Friday at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center.

  • Perfect Drift, Ethan Man Put in Saturday Works

    While many Kentucky Derby (gr. I) contenders were in action Saturday in one of the three major prep races, Perfect Drift and Ethan Man simply put in morning works in Louisville.

  • Perfect Drift, winning the Spiral Stakes.

    Perfect Drift Breezes at Churchill Training Center

    Stonecrest Farm's Perfect Drift, winner of the grade II Lane's End Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park, took a step toward an expected start in Kentucky Derby 128 with a solid breeze on Friday over the seven-furlong track at Churchill Downs' Trackside training center.

  • Perfect Drift wins three-horse photo finish in the Spiral Stakes.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (3/25): Spiraling Upward

    You've heard it said many times: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Well, things certainly are changing each week on the road to the Kentucky Derby, but we seem to be just about where we were when we embarked on the journey almost three months ago.

  • Rain Keeps Spiral Hopefuls Off the Track

    Three days of heavy rain in Kentucky forced Turfway Park to close the track to training Wednesday morning, keeping two local contenders for the Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. II) under the shedrow.

  • Perfect Drift, Saratoga Blues Prep For Spiral

    Perfect Drift put the finishing touches on his preparations for Saturday's Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. II) Tuesday with a five-furlong drill at Trackside training track in Louisville.

  • Request For Parole Completes Final Spiral Workout

    Request For Parole, the likely favorite for the March 23 Lane's End Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park posted his final major workout Thursday, breezing six furlongs in 1:14 3/5 and galloping out seven furlongs in 1:26 over a fast track.

  • Came Home comes home victorious in the San Rafael.

    Steve Haskin's Derby Report (3/4): Lost Weekend

    For a weekend in which we had five races of note for 3-year-olds, we learned very little. Three of the five races were run on sloppy or muddy tracks, and in the highlight event, the San Rafael Stakes, we really didn't learn much more about Came Home than we knew before, other than he can now get a mile with no problem.