Soldat marches to victory in With Anticipation

Harvey Clarke and Craig Robertson III's SOLDAT (War Front) had been slightly unlucky to run into two hot prospects in dirt maidens this summer, but when making his turf and two-turn debut in Friday's $100,000 With Anticipation S. (G3) at Saratoga, the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee proved to be a hot prospect himself. After stalking the early leader, the dark bay juvenile shot clear in the stretch and won by three commanding lengths, becoming the first stakes winner for freshman sire War Front.

Gusto on display in Hollywood Juvenile Championship

Gem Stable's J P'S GUSTO (Successful Appeal) and Western Mood (West Acre) dominated the wagering in Monday's $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship S. (G3), and the promising novices lived up to expectations by turning the holiday feature into a virtual match race.

Uncle Mo receives lofty 128-pound impost in Experimental Free Handicap

Unbeaten UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), last year's champion two-year-old male and a convincing winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), received the high weight assignment of 128 pounds on the 2010 Experimental Free Handicap, released Thursday by The Jockey Club. It is the highest assignment since Horse of the Year Favorite Trick received 128 pounds in 1997.

The filly division is headed by last year's champion two-year-old filly and undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) heroine AWESOME FEATHER (Awesome of Course), at 123 pounds.

Wilkinson might await Louisiana Derby

Trainer Neil Howard was his usual modest self when accepting congratulations back at his Fair Grounds barn Sunday morning, one day after his latest star sophomore WILKINSON (Lemon Drop Kid), owned by Gaillardia Racing, occasioned a mild upset with his victory by a head in the Lecomte S. (G3).

Wilkinson puts out the Fire in Lecomte

Saturday's $96,000 Lecomte S. (G3) wasn't originally on the radar screen for Gaillardia Racing's homebred WILKINSON (Lemon Drop Kid), but when his typically cautious trainer Neil Howard reconsidered, and the visiting Garrett Gomez took the mount, it could be taken as a very encouraging sign.

Soldat dominates in the Gulfstream slop

If promising sophomore SOLDAT's (War Front) entry in Friday's 9TH race at Gulfstream Park was something of a reconnaissance mission to gauge his aptitude for dirt, it yielded one conclusive result: the classy turf performer relishes the slop.

MainGate, Churchill Downs Launch New Online Kentucky Derby Store

MainGate Inc., the premier event retail and online merchandising company in the country, and Churchill Downs, home of the world’s most legendary racetrack and the Kentucky Derby, announce a three-year partnership for MainGate to be an official licensee, handle official off-site retail locations and to launch the new Kentucky Derby e-commerce website, KentuckyDerbyStore.com.

Dates Set for 2011 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks Future Wager Pools

Churchill Downs has established dates for a trio of three-day betting pools in its 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) and a single pool for this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).

Dates established for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is being conducted for the 13th consecutive year, are:

Dates Set for 2011 Kentucky Derby/Oaks Future Wager Pools

Churchill Downs has established dates for a trio of three-day betting pools in its 2011 Kentucky Derby Future Wager (“KDFW”) and a single pool for this year’s Kentucky Oaks Future Wager (“KOFW”).

Dates established for the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, which is being conducted for the 13th consecutive year, are:

Uncle Mo named champion juvenile

The word was out early on Repole Stable's UNCLE MO (Indian Charlie), to whom bettors took an immediate liking when he first set foot on the racetrack on Travers Day at Saratoga. Many others have since taken a strong liking to the Todd Pletcher-trained bay, who thoroughly dominated his peers with three wins in as many starts and was named champion two-year-old male at Monday night's Eclipse Awards ceremony at the Fountainbleau Miami Beach in Miami Beach, Florida.