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Unlimited Budget returns to action in Rachel Alexandra

  • Demoiselle winner Unlimited Budget cuts back in distance for the Rachel Alexandra (NYRA/Adam Coglianese Photography)

Unlimited Budget, who knocked out two wins in the span of 15 days last November, including the Grade 2 Demoiselle, will kick off her sophomore season in the Grade 3, $200,000 Rachel Alexandra on Saturday at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/16-mile test is a stepping stone to the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks.

Overlooked at 7-1 when taking her one-mile debut at Aqueduct by 9 1/2 lengths over next-out winner Squeal, Unlimited Budget stretched out to nine furlongs for the Demoiselle, which she won in wire-to-wire fashion by 1 1/4 lengths. The daughter of Street Sense will try to make it three in a row on Saturday for owner Mike Repole trainer Todd Pletcher.

The Larry Jones-trained Dancinginthecircle showed vast improvement when taking the By the Light at Delta Downs in early January, romping by nine lengths in the two-turn, seven furlong-test. The Divine Park filly had previously run a distant second in a Churchill Downs allowance behind Pure Fun, who went on to notch the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet. Jones will also saddle Blue Violet, a 9 1/4-length maiden winner last time in her sixth career outing.

Midnight Ballet, who races for the Kentucky-based Stoneway Farm, invades from the California string of trainer Tom Proctor. Far behind champion Beholder in her lone outing on dirt so far, the Midnight Lute lass rebounded to land the Sharp Cat over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track. However, she was a flat fifth in the Hollywood Starlet in her most recent outing.

Others among the field of 10 likely to attract support at the windows are the Grade 3-placed Every Way, a grass allowance winner in her last start; Finding More, winner of the Letellier Memorial and fifth in the Silverbulletday in her last two; and Daddy's Song, who gets a serious class test after blowout wins against maiden claimers and starter allowance foes in her last two.

California Chrome Cruises to Victory in 140th Kentucky Derby before Crowd of 164,906

Steven Coburn and Perry Martin's favored California Chrome, ridden by Victor Espinoza, took command at the head of the stretch en route to a 1 3/4-length victory over Commanding Curve to win the 140th running of the $2,202,800 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I). A sun-splashed crowd of 164,906, the second-largest attendance in Kentucky Derby history, watched California Chrome give jockey Victor Espinoza a second Derby victory to go with his triumph on War Emblem in 2002.

Global View Nips Storming Inti at Wire to Win 23rd Running of Grade II American Turf

Glen Hill Farm's Global View caught Storming Inti in the closing strides

Midnight Lucky Romps in 28th Running of Grade I Humana Distaff

Midnight Lucky, making her first start in more than 11 months, took the lead out of the gate

Coffee Clique Catches Dame Marie Late to Win 29th Running of Grade II Churchill Distaff Turf Mile

Coffee Clique squeezed through an opening along the hedge

Derby Week Concludes with Memorable Kentucky Derby 140 as California Chrome Wins America’s Greatest Race

164,906 fans pack historic Churchill Downs

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California Chrome is attempting to become only the fourth California-bred, Kentucky Derby winner in history and the first since Decidedly in 1962.