Grace Hall scores in Spinaway

Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables LLC and Stuart Grant's GRACE HALL (Empire Maker) was content to stalk the early pace in Sunday's $250,000 Spinaway S. (G1) at Saratoga before putting in a game run down the center of the track to score by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Ramon Dominguez. The Tony Dutrow trainee reeled in 2-1 favorite Judy the Beauty (Ghostzapper) in the final yards and went on to finish seven furlongs on the fast dirt in 1:23 3/5.

Weemissfrankie runs big in Del Mar Debutante

WEEMISSFRANKIE (Sunriver) created a big enough impression in her career debut to garner 2-1 favoritism in Saturday's $250,000 Del Mar Debutante S. (G1), and the Peter Eurton pupil lived up to her tall reputation with a 1 1/4-length victory. Swinging wide off the far turn for Rafael Bejarano, Weemissfrankie blew by her rivals to assume leadership of the West Coast's two-year-old fillies.

Churchill Downs Releases Official Event Logos for 2012 Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks

The official event logos for Kentucky Derby 138 and Kentucky Oaks 138 were released Monday (Aug. 29) by Churchill Downs, and officially licensed apparel and gift items featuring the new marks are now available for purchase online at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com.

Both logos feature palettes that are forecasted by color studies to be in vogue for spring 2012. The official colors for Kentucky Derby 138 are royal blue and green, which share the same hues as the spring season in Kentucky. As usual, the official color for Kentucky Oaks 138 is pink, and its logo companion color is navy blue. Both logos also showcase the Derby and Oaks “icon” marks – golden horseshoes with a red rose for Derby and a pink stargazer lily for Oaks – embedded within the overall logo design.

The Derby logo features a Thoroughbred reaching toward the finish line with the Twin Spires towering overhead of the victory, while the always-elegant Oaks logo features the silhouette of a graceful patron celebrating the recent “Ladies First” tradition.

“The 138 suite of marks sees a return to the classic, traditional looks that have become synonymous with the Derby and Oaks,” said Edward O’Hara, chief creative officer and senior partner of the New York-based SME Branding, who has designed the Kentucky Derby and Oaks event and brand marks since 2009. “It is exciting to work with Churchill Downs each year in producing these marks, giving fans something new, exciting and unexpected each year.”

For the third consecutive year, Churchill Downs will incorporate a second set of marks for the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks that will be applied in the merchandise mix. The secondary mark for Kentucky Derby 138 offers a softer aesthetic that focuses on the red rose and anniversary year. The Oaks secondary mark features the pink stargazer lily.

The 2012 merchandise mix will feature event and lifestyle apparel for men, women, children and pets. Product currently available for purchase at www.KentuckyDerbyStore.com includes T-shirts and collectables. Additional apparel and gift items, including the popular collectable Kentucky Derby mint julep glassware, are scheduled for release later this fall prior to the holiday season.

All merchandise also will be on sale at the Churchill Downs Store, which will reopen on-track on opening day of the Fall Meet on Sunday, Oct. 30, as well as the Churchill Downs Store located at Louisville International Airport, the Kentucky Derby Museum Gift Shop and other select retail stores.

Churchill Downs will host a 2012 Kentucky Derby Merchandise Licensing Show for retailers on Tuesday, Aug. 30. It will take place in Millionaires Row 4 from noon to 5 p.m. Retailers and media are invited to attend the preview. RSVPs are encouraged by calling (502) 636-4503 but not required.

Media outlets may obtain high-resolution copies of the Kentucky Derby 138 and Kentucky Oaks 138 logos for editorial use by logging on to www.CDILogos.com and submitting an online request form.

The $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands is annually staged on the first Saturday in May at historic Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Inaugurated in 1875, the legendary 1 ¼-mile race for 3-year-old Thoroughbreds is the oldest continuously held sporting event in North America and the first leg of horse racing’s challenging Triple Crown series. The Kentucky Derby is often called “The Run for the Roses,” “The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports” and “America’s Race” and typically attracts a crowd in excess of 150,000. Last year, an unprecedented 164,858 was in attendance, which smashed the former record of 163,628 set in 1974 during the Derby’s 100th anniversary.

In recent decades, the day prior to the Kentucky Derby, known as Oaks Day, has grown to become the second largest attended horse race in America. This year’s crowd was 110,122, which marked the 11th time in the last 12 years that attendance has topped 100,000. The highlight of the day is the Derby’s sister race, the $1 million Kentucky Oaks at 1 1/8 miles, which is the nation’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies. Its focus on fashion and celebrities rivals Derby Day and now features a “Ladies First” theme, complete with a “Pink Out” to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer in partnership with Susan G. Komen for the Cure©.

Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 138th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 5, 2012. The track’s 2011 Fall Meet is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 27, 2011. Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record seven times and the event will return to the track on Nov. 4-5, 2011. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.churchilldowns.com.

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Mighty Caroline proves best in Sorrento

John Liviakis' homebred MIGHTY CAROLINE (Stormy Atlantic) overhauled pacesetter River Kiss (Awesome Gambler) in midstretch and drew clear to a 1 1/4-length victory in Friday's $150,000 Sorrento S. (G3) at Del Mar. Joel Rosario had the mount for trainer Melody Conlon, and the two-year-old gray filly completed 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:15 3/5 on the Polytrack.

My Miss Aurelia prevails in epic Adirondack battle

In a hard-fought stretch duel, George Bolton and Stonestreet Stables' MY MISS AURELIA (Smart Strike) was able to hold off Matron S. (G2) winner Millionreasonswhy (Grand Slam) by a mere neck in the $150,000 Adirondack S. (G2) at Saratoga Sunday. Guided by Julien Leparoux, the Steve Asmussen trainee stopped the clock in 1:17 in the 6 1/2-furlong battle on the fast track, making her a perfect two-for-two following her successful debut at the Spa.

Georgie's Angel a popular winner of Schuylerville

Trainer Todd Pletcher has another good-looking juvenile to have fun with at Saratoga this summer. The filly GEORGIE'S ANGEL (Bellamy Road) was a prompt 4-5 winner of the $100,000 Schuylerville S. (G3) at Saratoga on Friday, the opening day of the Spa's 40-day meet.

Millionreasonswhy scores in Matron

Sagamore Farm's MILLIONREASONSWHY (Grand Slam) went three wide into the stretch of Sunday's $150,000 Matron S. (G2) at Belmont Park and pulled off to secure the two-length victory under jockey John Velazquez.

Lassie closes with a flash in Debutante

Barry L. King's FLASHY LASSIE (Flashy Bull) registered an upset in Saturday's $109,300 Debutante S. (G3) at Churchill Downs, rallying from far back to win as the 17-1 longest shot among seven two-year-old fillies. A smart nine-length debut winner over $20,000 maiden claimers on May 13, the Gary Simms-trained filly remained unbeaten while taking the steep class hike, receiving a picture-perfect ride from jockey Kent Desormeaux.

Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes

PLUM PRETTY – Assistant trainer Jim Barnes reported that Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty came back “super good” from her impressive score in Friday’s $1 million Kentucky Oaks. The Medaglia d’Oro filly got a perfect trip for rider Martin Garcia, fired well clear at the head of the lane, then had enough in the tank to hold off the fast-closing St. John’s River by a neck. 

Future plans for Plum Pretty – who picked up a first prize of $570,400 after covering nine furlongs in 1:49.50 – had yet to be made. 

137 Kentucky Oaks establishes new all-sources wagering mark as Plum Pretty wins Lillies

A crowd of 110,122, the third-highest Kentucky Oaks attendance in history, gathered under sunny spring skies at Churchill Downs to witness Plum Pretty capture the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I), America’s premier race for 3-year-old fillies.

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Plum Pretty Holds Off St. John's River

Peachtree Stable’s Plum Pretty, ridden by Martin Garcia, took command in the middle of the far turn and then held off a late charge along the rail from St. John’s River to win the 137th running of the $1 million Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) by a neck before the third-largest Oaks Day crowd of 110,122 on Friday afternoon at Churchill Downs.

Plum Pretty, who entered the Oaks off a 25-length victory in the $200,000 Sunland Park Oaks on March 27, is trained by Bob Baffert, who also won the Oaks in 1999 with Silverbulletday.

Plum Pretty holds back River to take Oaks

Peachtree Stable's PLUM PRETTY (Medaglia d'Oro) settled just outside of the early pace in Friday's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (G1), took over in midstretch and just held off the game late rush of St. John's River (Include) to post a neck victory in the 1 1/8-mile event. Last seen dominating the Sunland Park Oaks by 25 lengths, the Bob Baffert trainee finished up in 1:49 2/5 on Churchill Downs' fast track to return $14.60, $7 and $4.60 under jockey Martin Garcia.

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Kentucky Oaks 137 Barn Notes for May 5 - Summer Soiree Ready for Debut for Motion

BOUQUET BOOTH/STREET STORM – Right Time Racing’s two-pronged Kentucky Oaks (GI) entry of Street Storm and Bouquet Booth went to the track early and late, respectively, on a bright, clear Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

Street Storm, who will be ridden Friday by Shaun Bridgmohan, jogged before the renovation break alongside a pony with exercise rider Williams Cano up. Street Storm will break from post position 10 in the Oaks.

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