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Arklow wins G2 Hollywood Turf Cup
by Del Mar press release

The class of the field ran like it Friday at Del Mar as two-time Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup winner Arklow tracked close to the leaders in the 12-furlong Hollywood Turf Cup, then got the jump on his chief rivals turning for home and went on to an impressive half-length score in the $203,500, Grade 2 headliner.

Blinkers do trick for Arklow heading into Breeders' Cup Turf
by Jennie Rees

Arklow’s connections say he’s a different horse since blinkers were added for the $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup on Sept. 12, which proved his second triumph in Kentucky Downs’ signature race in three years. Saying he’s different is saying something, given that Donegal Racing’s 6-year-old Arklow had earned almost $2 million in 28 races without blinkers, including victory in New York’s Grade 1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic last year. Now he'll try to win the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf on his third attempt.

Kentucky Downs horses on display at Breeders' Cup
by Jennie Rees

Kentucky Downs only races six days, but the all-grass track has super-sized representation in the Breeders’ Cup World Championships this Friday and Saturday at Keeneland Race Course.
A total of 15 horses who raced at Kentucky Downs’ meet in early September are in the body of the seven Breeders’ Cup turf races, with three grass events for 2-year-olds on Friday and four for 3-year-olds and older horses on Saturday. Three other runners at the 2020 meet are in Breeders' Cup dirt races.

Ivar, third in Tourist Mile, wins Keeneland's G1 Shadwell
by Track dispatches

Kentucky Downs horses had a huge afternoon at Pimlico and Keeneland, including Tourist Mile third-place finisher Ivar winning Keeneland's Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile. We have stakes recaps.

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Got Stormy sprinting for first time in Ladies Sprint
by Jennie Rees

Gary Barber’s 5-year-old mare Got Stormy, one of America’s premier turf milers of either sex, will try something at Kentucky Downs for the first time in a career that to date has spanned 23 starts, eight victories and $1.6 million in earnings. Trainer Mark Casse said that Got Stormy, seeking her first in in 2020, will run in the $500,000, Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint on Sept. 12 at 6 1/2 furlongs. It will be the first time she has sprinted. In fact, the only time Got Stormy has raced at shorter than a mile was her debut as 2-year-old in a 7 1/2-furlong race, which at Gulfstream Park is staged around two turns. This and more in today's Kentucky Downs media notes!

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Zulu Alpha, Arklow to meet again in $1M Calumet Farm Ky Turf Cup
by Jennie Rees

Grade 1 winners Zulu Alpha and Arklow, the past two winners of the $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup, are among the 53 horses nominated to Kentucky Downs’ signature stakes at 1 1/2 miles. Both horses are scheduled to run in the Grade 3 race that ranks among America's richest stakes on grass.

Arklow ready to take on world in Breeders' Cup Turf
by Donegal Racing release

Having beaten America's best 1 1/2-mile turf specialists in his last start, Donegal Racing's Grade 1-winning turf star Arklow takes on the world next in the $4 million Longines Breeders' Cup Turf on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park. “I don’t know if Arklow can beat Bricks and Mortar or the Europeans,” said Arklow’s trainer Brad Cox. “But I do know that Arklow is coming into the race 100 percent physically and just had one of the finest workouts in his life at Churchill on Saturday.”

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Arklow seeks to be third repeater in Ky Turf Cup
by Jennie Rees

Arklow on Saturday tries to become only the third horse to win the Grade 3 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup twice. Happily for owner Donegal Racing, trainer Brad Cox and jockey Florent Geroux, the most lucrative race of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs this year now carries a $1 million purse. That and more in today's barn notes.

It's Post Time!
by Jennie Rees

It’s post time for the Fastest Five Days in Racing as Kentucky Downs kicks off America’s most unique race meet Saturday with a 10-race card featuring four stakes worth $1.8 million, including purse supplements for Kentucky-born and -sired horses. “The enthusiasm and buzz going into this meet is unprecedented in Kentucky Downs’ 26 seasons of conducting live racing,” said Ted Nicholson, Kentucky Downs senior vice president and general manager.