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Gun Runner Powers to Easy Stephen Foster Win

Back from Dubai, Gun Runner wasted no time announcing—shouting—his return to the United States. Read More

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On June 17, Churchill Downs hosts a “Downs After Dark” racecard with two Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series races among five graded stakes overall. The first is the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap Presented by el Jimador, which brings together older fillies and mares in a qualifier for the Longines Distaff and a chance to hopefully grapple with Songbird. That will be followed by the first domestic “Win and You’re In” prep race for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap Presented by GE Appliances. Read More

Louisville has gone from having the reputation as a “hidden gem” on the dining and entertainment scene to being duly recognized as one of the best cities in the U.S. for unique restaurants and bars. June is optimal for sampling some of the Derby City's many fine dining and drinking establishments. Read More

When the hard-knocking Mor Spirit took it to Sharp Azteca early and then put that one in his place en route to a 6 1/4-length win in the Met Mile, it marked the fourth victory on the day for trainer Bob Baffert and fifth triumph for jockey Mike Smith—all coming in stakes. It also guaranteed Mor Spirit entry into the 2017 Las Vegas Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile. Read More

Songbird is still Songbird. During her 2017 debut June 10 at Belmont Park in the Ogden Phipps Stakes, Fox Hill Farm's 4-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro was challenged in the turn by Paid Up Subscriber. Winning the Phipps guarantees Songbird a spot in the gate for the Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff. Read More

Michael Lund Peterson's Mor Spirit, who found his niche after traveling through the Triple Crown prep season a year ago, has been installed as the 5-2 favorite in the 124th running of the Mohegan Sun Metropolitan Handicap (G1) June 10 at Belmont Park. Read More

The $750,000 Phipps will be the two-time champion's first test as a 4-year-old, a stage many horsemen consider to be key in the development of their horses. The main challengers are two other 4-year-olds—Highway Star and Carina Mia—who have the benefit of race preps for the Phipps. Read More

The stakes are higher, the competition is better and the action is more intense. Winning a big race is thrilling in its own right, but when it's a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race it just means more. Learn More

The Belmont Stakes is coming up on June 10, and if you’re heading to the Big Apple for the third leg of the Triple Crown, ABR’s resident New Yorkers have some restaurant recommendations for you. Read More

Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has purchased a 25 percent interest in Belmont Stakes contender J Boys Echo, Jason Loutsch of majority owner Albaugh Family Stable announced June 7. Read More

The Belmont Stakes marks one of the biggest days on the racing calendar each year, but the third jewel of the Triple Crown isn’t the only star attraction. Belmont Park will this year host six Grade 1 stakes races on Belmont Stakes day, two of which are Breeders' Cup Challenge races. Read on for the scoop on what each race means and why they’re so important. Read More

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