John Oxley’s Airoforce splashed over the sloppy, sealed track at Churchill Downs Nov. 28 with nary an issue, closing gamely to grind out 1 3/4-length victory when making his dirt debut in the $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II).
Joseph W. Sutton’s multiple graded stakes winner Bradester, a contender for the $1 million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (G1) at Keeneland on Oct. 30, worked five furlongs in :59 on a fast main track Saturday after the renovation break.
John Oxley’s Airoforce, off an easy debut maiden win at Kentucky Downs, rallied in the stretch to win the Dixiana Bourbon Stakes (gr, IIIT) for 2-year-olds at Keeneland Oct. 4.
Upsets American Pharoah in the $1.6 million Travers Stakes (gr. I).
Tremendous weekend included a Graded Stakes Victory for Bradester & a Second to American Pharoah
The six-furlong Bashford Manor is one of four stakes events on the 11-race “Downs After Dark” closing-night program of Churchill’s 38-day spring meet.
Keen Ice and Danzig Moon will be representing Four Star Sales on Saturday
Conquest Harlanate won the Sovereign Award as Champion 2 Year old filly
Four Star Sales will be represented by Imperative in the Classic, Super Colossal in the Juvenile and Conquest Harlanate in the Juvenile Fillies Turf
When the World Championships are renewed for a third straight year Oct. 31-Nov. 1 at Santa Anita Park, missing from the lineup will be one of the most dynamic Breeders’ Cup winners of the past two years—two-time Turf Sprint (gr. IT) winner Mizdirection.