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Chefs Anthony Lamas of Seviche and Aaron Stordeur of The Oakroom at the Seelbach Hilton Hotel have been chosen by a panel of judges to represent Churchill Downs and the city of Louisville at the inaugural Taste of Derby™ presented by Yum! Brands on Thursday, April 29.
Churchill Downs’ inaugural Taste of Derby will kick-start Kentucky Derby weekend for local culinary enthusiasts and out-of-town visitors with an evening of entertainment and some of the finest cuisine prepared by nationally known chefs and restaurants from popular horse racing destinations around the country.
AWESOME ACT (Awesome Again) is scheduled to arrive in New York early Wednesday morning for his engagement in Saturday's $250,000 Gotham S. (G3). The well-regarded colt left trainer Jeremy Noseda's grounds in Newmarket, England, on Tuesday, embarking on what his connections hope will be the first step toward a berth in the Kentucky Derby (G1) on May 1.
"Awesome Act's performance in the Gotham is the key to how we move forward," Noseda explained.
Godolphin's VALE OF YORK (Ire) (Invincible Spirit), last seen upsetting champion Lookin at Lucky (Smart Strike) in the November 7 Breeders' Cup Juvenile (G1), will make his much anticipated three-year-old debut in Thursday's $250,000 Al Bastakiya at Meydan. The middle leg of the Dubai Triple Crown, the about 1 3/16-mile Tapeta test is one of six Thoroughbred stakes on the program, dubbed "Super Thursday." These races serve as preps for the lucrative events on Dubai World Cup night, scheduled for March 27.
DUBAI / BREEDERS’ CUP JUVENILE WINNER VALE OF YORK SET FOR RETURN – The only horse to finish in front of 2009 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky has been mostly invisible on the road to the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) while spending the winter in Dubai, but Godolphin’s Vale of York is near his return to the spotlight.
FLORIDA / AMEN HALLELUJAH DOMINATES DAVONA DALE FOES IN DIRT DEBUT, CHRISTINE DAAE IMPRESSES IN GULFSTREAM ALLOWANCE – After seven straight races on synthetic tracks, including a victory in Santa Anita’s Santa Ynez (Grade II) on Jan. 16, IEAH Stables and Whizway Farm’s 3-year-old filly Amen Hallelujah traveled to Florida’s Gulfstream Park with a single goal: to prove her worthiness as a contender for the $500,000-added Kentucky Oaks (GI) with big effort on traditional dirt.]
Grade 3-placed ALL DUE RESPECT (Value Plus) is expected to challenge three-time Grade 1 queen BLIND LUCK (Pollard's Vision) in Saturday's $250,000 Santa Anita Oaks (G1) at 1 1/16 miles over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride.
The Florida-bred filly broke her maiden by 7 1/2 lengths on a muddy Fair Grounds track going the distance on January 24 for trainer Ronny Werner. She has since been transferred to conditioner Kathy Walsh.
"I've only had her a few weeks," Walsh said, "but she's doing well and she worked Friday in 1:11 4/5."
CHRISTINE DAAE (Giant's Causeway) was scratched out of Saturday's Davona Dale S. (G2) at Gulfstream Park, but trainer Patrick Biancone re-entered the talented chestnut in the 6TH race on Sunday, a $37,000 allowance going 1 1/8 miles.
The move proved successful as the sophomore lass tracked just to the outside of the pacesetting Kitty in a Tizzy (Tiznow) through fractions of :23 2/5, :48 1/5 and 1:12 4/5, took command heading into the stretch and pulled away under an easy hand ride from a very confident Corey Nakatani for the 2 3/4-length victory.
Lathrop G. Hoffman's STORMING SAINT (Sweetsouthernsaint) was awarded the victory in Saturday night's $100,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park despite finishing a neck back in second to Raise the Bridle (Spanish Steps), who drifted out under a left whip at the head of the stretch.