Even from the 14th post position there was no stopping Accelerate in the 10 furlong, Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic. The five-year-old son of Lookin’ At Lucky earns trainer John Sadler his first Breeders’ Cup Classic win. Joel Rosario was on the mount for the winning ride. Favored Accelerate wins his fourth Grade 1 in a 2018 campaign that included victories at the Pacific Classic, Awesome Again, the Gold Cup, and the Santa Anita Handicap.
Gunnevera was second, Thunder Snow third, Yoshida fourth. Fractions:
:223, :462, 1:103, 1:354, 2:024
While on vacation with his family,
John Asher, the Vice President of Racing Communications
at Churchill Downs, and one of the sport’s warmest ambassadors,
died August 27 after suffering a heart attack. He was 62.
Hundreds gathered at Churchill Downs today to pay their respects as a hearse carried him around the historic ten furlong oval in tribute. John will be missed at Churchill and the Kentucky Derby by friends and racing fans for many furlongs to come.
A closer look at 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify parading on Stephen Foster Night. And a fan asking Bob Baffert to play guitar for us, which he did during one of the Triple Crown broadcasts. Freebird!
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.
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.