Trainer Steve Asmussen was still beaming the morning of June 18 following Gun Runner's stellar seven-length victory in Saturday night's $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs.
In his first start since finishing second in the March 25 Dubai World Cup (G1), Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Gun Runner drew off in the stretch for an easy victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17 at Churchill Downs.
- By Steve Haskin
The fairy tale journey of Mucho Macho Man and trainer Kathy Ritvo that began on Father's Day 2008.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps three Saturday stakes races at Churchill Downs.
This week is the race recap of 2002 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) won by Street Cry. The story, written by Lenny Shulman, carried the headline, "Street Song." The story ran in the June 22, 2002 issue of The Blood-Horse.
Gun Runner is set to make his first start since finishing second to champion Arrogate in the March 25 Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1), and looms as the overwhelming favorite in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1).
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner put in a half-mile work June 12 in his final preparation for the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's grade 1 winner Gun Runner breezed five furlongs in :59 4/5 May 29 at Churchill Downs in preparation for a probable start in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) June 17.
Grade 1 winner Gun Runner has been steadily training since returning from a runner-up finish in the Dubai World Cup Sponsored by Emirates Airline (G1) and is targeting the June 17 Stephen Foster Handicap (G1) at Churchill Downs, Asmussen said May 1.
Zayat Stables' multiple graded stakes winner Prayer for Relief has been retired and will stand at Pleasant Acres Stallions in Morriston, Fla., the farm's owner said March 10.
The Kentucky-bred son of A.P. Indy, out of the multiple grade 1-winning Awesome Again mare Round Pond, surged to a 1 3/4-length triumph in the Al Maktoum Challenge Round 3 (G1).
Patchen Wilkes Farm near Lexington, Ky. has been home to 13 white foals since 1995. The latest addition came during Super Bowl 51 when Beautiful Devil produced a white filly by Revolutionary at 10:15 p.m. Feb. 5.
Several contenders for the $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational (G1) coming up Jan. 28 at Gulfstream Park worked Jan. 21 throughout South Florida, led by champion California Chrome in the final breeze of his career.
Multiple graded stakes winner worked five furlongs Jan. 14 in :59 1/5 at Gulfstream Park.
Winchell Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys' Gun Runner handily defeated older horses to earn his first grade I victory Nov. 25, turning back longshot Breaking Lucky for a gate-to-wire score in the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
At the current Keeneland November breeding stock sale, Three Chimneys Farm’s Will Take Charge leads sires with first foals of 2016 going under the hammer, with 18 sold for $2,312,000 through Nov. 15.
Less than two weeks after his son Arrogate reeled in champion California Chrome to capture the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), Unbridled's Song has top billing once more as the leading sire by gross through Book 4 at Keeneland November.
Champion Will Take Charge's fee held steady at $30,000
The Noble Bird who turns jockey Julien Leparoux into a happy passenger is the one his connections hope shows up Oct. 29, when he headlines a field of eight entered in the Hagyard Fayette Stakes (gr. II) on the final day of the Keeneland fall meet.
Stephen Foster Handicap, Wise Dan Stakes, Fleur de Lis Handicap, Summertime Oaks, Honeymoon Stakes, Poker Handicap, Pegasus Stakes, Matt Winn Stakes, Regret Stakes.
Joseph Sutton's Bradester fired his best shot June 18 to earn his first grade I victory in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
On the night of June 18, Effinex will continue the ride of a lifetime for breeder and veterinarian Dr. Russell Cohen when he competes in $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
J. Keeler Johnson handicaps the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) at Churchill Downs.
Claire Novak, Ellis Starr, and Tom LaMarra preview the Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) featuring Effinex, Are You Kidding Me, Eagle, Bradester, and International Star. Sponsored by Equibase.
Effinex, who last year won the Clark Handicap presented by Norton Healthcare (gr. I) at Churchill Downs, will look to add to his legacy there June 18 when he takes on six rivals in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I).
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Golden Ticket||Kenneth G. McPeek||
|Jaguar Paw||Stephen S. Lyster||
|Long River||Kiaran P. McLaughlin||
|Moonshine Mullin||Randy L. Morse||
|Prayer for Relief||Dale L. Romans||
|Revolutionary||Todd A. Pletcher||
|Will Take Charge||D. Wayne Lukas||
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