The Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday work tabs at Churchill Downs were dotted with contenders for the four stakes races that will be run during the three-day Thanksgiving holiday weekend that will close out the Fall Meet.
Clark Handicap Presented by Norton Healthcare (GI) – Zayat Stable LLC’s multiple graded stakes winner Prayer for Relief
prepped for an expected run in the 1 1/8-mile Clark with a six-furlong breeze in 1:12.80 over a good track on Monday. The Steve Asmussen-trained veteran finished fifth to Fort Larned in his most recent outing in Churchill Downs’ Homecoming Classic.Neck ‘n Neck
breezed five furlongs in 1:01 on Tuesday for trainer Ian Wilkes. Wilkes had been pointing A. Stevens Miles’ homebred son of Flower Alley toward the Clark, but is now considered unlikely for the race because Wilkes was unable to find a prep race for the colt. Neck ‘n Neck has had only one race since he was injured last November at Churchill Downs while training for the 2012 Clark.Voodoo Storm
, nominated to the Clark after an easy win in the Mountaineer Mile, breezed a half-mile on Tuesday in :48.80 for trainer Tim Glyshaw.Suns Out Guns Out
, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Marathon (GII) last time out and nominated to the Clark by trainer Dale Romans, breezed four furlongs on Wednesday in :48.20.
Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) – Dobra Historia
, runner-up to KJC contender Almost Famous in a recent Churchill Downs allowance race, breezed four furlongs in :48.80 on Tuesday for trainer Bill Mott. Also working for Mott was Churchill Downs’ maiden winner Matuszak
, who breezed a half-mile in :49.40.Bump Start
, who dead-heated for third behind Almost Famous, breezed four furlongs in :49.40 for trainer Kellyn Gorder on Wednesday.
Ron Winchell’s Tapiture
, third in the Iroquois (GIII) for trainer Steve Asmussen, breezed six furlongs in 1:12 over a fast surface on Monday.
Golden Rod (GII) -- Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Vexed
, runner-up in Churchill Downs’ Rags to Riches, breezed five furlongs in 1:02.60 for trainer Al Stall Jr. on Tuesday.
Trainer Ian Wilkes breezed his pair of Golden Rod candidates on Tuesday. Playful Love
worked five furlongs in 1:02.60 and Bird Maker
breezed a half-mile in :49.80. Both are considered likely for the 1 1/16-mile Golden Rod. HORSES & HOPE RETURNS SUNDAY
“Horses and Hope,” the initiative created in 2008 by Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear with the Kentucky Cancer Program and the Pink Stable, will return on Sunday (Nov. 24). The mission is to increase breast cancer awareness, education, screening and treatment referral among Kentucky’s horse industry workers and their families. The color of pink will be scattered throughout Churchill Downs that day, including saddle towels for a featured race, jockey arm bands, groom’s vests, outriders, the bugler, flags, bunting and trophies for winning horse owners. To help celebrate, Churchill Downs’ world famous Twin Spires will be bathed in pink light, as well. Also, the 2014 Kentucky Oaks Lily glasses will debut that day.