Four-year-old Pavel, trained by Doug O’Neill, wins the Grade 1, 9 furlong Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Mario
Gutierrez was on the mount. Pavel earns a berth to the Breeders’ Cup Classic! Honorable Duty
third. Pavel paid $15.60, the $2 exacta was
$762.55, trifecta $928.99
Justify Parading at Churchill Downs Stephen Foster Night
Justify, the beautiful, undefeated chestnut Triple Crown winner of 2018 parades at Churchill Downs. And amazingly Churchill or Justify’s connections did not remember that fans did not like the Triple Crown blanket covering up American Pharoah when they did this with him in 2015. Next Saturday Justify will appear in a ceremony at Santa Anita.
The Paulick Report celebrates its 10th anniversary and looks back on Justify’s Triple Crown and Mike Repole’s crying about not everything his way… against an undefeated horse who won the Triple Crown. SMH!
Which of Justify’s Triple Crown race victories was most impressive?
DRF Previews Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs (6/16/18)
A weekend after the 13th Triple Crown we have nothing less than Stephen Foster Night at Churchill Downs this Saturday. The main event is the 9 furlong Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap featuring horses like Backyard Heaven, Irish War Cry, Pavel, and… PATCH! Patch won a 1 1/16 n1x last time out at Belmont Park and will carry 116. The heavyweight is morning line favorite Backyard Heaven with 121 pounds, he won the Grade 2 Alysheba last time out.
Also on the card is the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes for three-year-olds, featuring Ax Man, Funny Duck, and Combatant among others from this year’s Triple Crown worthy three-year-old crop! Preview below.
Watch and wager with free PPs at the official ADW of Churchill Downs, TwinSpires.
Mendelssohn Coming Back to US for Breeders’ Cup Campaign
We all know Mendelssohn has to better than his finish in the Kentucky Derby, where it seemed he had not been prepared to get a good break and take up a good position to begin with. Aidan O’Brien plans to bring him back for a Breeders’ Cup campaign. Good luck, team Mendelssohn.
Daily Racing Form’s Matt Bernier talks about the raw talent of Justify, and how we’re never going to see something like this again where a horse goes from maiden to Triple Crown winner in such a short time. Plus, Bernier debunks Vino Rosso and Noble Indy owner Mike Repole who thinks Restoring Hope (NOT owned by the same partnership that races Justify) just ran interference for Justify… says the guy who owned two horses in the same race who could have challenged Justify anytime… if they had as much talent as Justify. Lol,Justify 2gud!Cry some moar!
Justify came out of the Belmont Stakes well, greeting the public this morning, with a few fans surprisingly even getting to pet the notorious nipper. Baffert hopes for a late Summer and Fall campaign. Another Breeders’ Cup Classic Grand Slam? The Breeders’ Cup Championships will be back at Churchill Downs this year. Also, Belmont runner-up Gronkowski may point to the Travers (won by Baffert the past two years) or a turf race.