Stephen Foster Day 2011

Favorites, upsets, Arabians, and more.

Welcome to Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs.

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Taking a chance on a trip of a lifetime.

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And a chance to make a new friend.

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The stakes action began with the Arabians, in the President of the UAE Cup Series.

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The mile and a quarter race was won in fine fashion by T M Fred Texas

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T M Fred Texas and jockey Santos Chavez head to the Winner's Circle.

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The connections of T M Fred Texas celebrate his big win.

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Banned was the big favorite in the Jefferson Cup (gr. III), and delivered.

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Banned and Jose Lezcano looking like winners.

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Scotus went by the early speed to take the Matt Winn (gr. III).

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Alan Garcia guided Scotus home with confidence.

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Bizzy Caroline pulled away in the Regret (gr. III) to give trainer Ken McPeek his fifth straight graded stakes at Churchill Downs.

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Manoel Cruz celebrates victory in the Regret with Bizzy Caroline.

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A deep field contested the Stephen Foster, including Crown of Thorns,

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Giant Oak,

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Mission Impazible,

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Pool Play,

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and Regal Ransom.

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It looked like anybody's race for a time in the Stephen Foster (gr. I).

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But, at the end it was between Pool Play (left) and Mission Impazible.

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With Pool Play getting the win at 36-1.

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Miguel Mena was all smiles after the Stephen Foster.

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Smiles all around for Stephen Foster Day 2011.

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