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Top Contenders Ready for Stephen Foster

Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) contenders Take Charge Indy, Golden Ticket and Pool Play all exited their Saturday works at Churchill Downs in good order and walked the shedrows of their respective barns Sunday morning.
Take Charge Indy, winner of the Alysheba (GII) in his last start, breezed a “bullet” half-mile in :47 for trainer Pat Byrne on Saturday.
“He came out of the work perfect,” Byrne said. “He’ll go back to the track tomorrow (Monday).”
Golden Ticket, coming off an impressive allowance victory at Churchill Downs on May 2, breezed five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Saturday while working in-company with Matt Winn (GIII) hopeful Bellarmine.
“He ate up and seems to be in good shape,” said Phil Bauer, assistant to trainer Ken McPeek.
Bauer said Golden Ticket will return to the racetrack Monday morning.
Pool Play, winner of the 2011 Stephen Foster Handicap, breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Saturday while working with Troubadour Tango.
“He came out of it really well and is doing great today,” said Norman Casse, assistant to his father, Mark Casse. “He’ll go back to the track tomorrow to jog.”
The winner of the $500,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, June 15 is entitled to an automatic entry into the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on Saturday, Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. The nominated winner will have pre-entry and entry fees waived for the 1 ¼-mile Classic and will receive a travel stipend of $10,000 if traveling from a location in North America or $20,000 if traveling internationally.
The return of “Downs After Dark Presented by Stella Artois and Finlandia Vodka” is right around the corner and reserved seats are going fast.
Downs After Dark will be staged on the final three Saturdays this month: June 15 (The White Party), June 22 (Boots, Brew and BBQ) and June 29 (Star-Spangled Night).
Indoor dining packages for the delectable Chef’s Table on Millionaires Row or Skye Terrace are $59.90 per person. Meanwhile, outdoor reserved box seats on the 3rd Floor of the Clubhouse are $20 per person. Those prices include admission, a reserved seat and racing program.
The Downs After Dark general admission, or cover charge, is $10. Holders of shareholders passes or horsemen licenses and children age 12 and under (when accompanied by an adult) will be admitted free. No one under the age of 18 will be admitted to the track unless they are accompanied by a parent or responsible adult.
Reserved seating can be purchased online at ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets or the on-track box office located at the Gate 1 entrance off Central Avenue (open Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. on ‘Downs After Dark’ Saturdays).


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