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The annual late-summer Kentucky Downs meet never disappoints, with several high-purse stakes highlighting a fun week. From everything that we saw, these are the horses who made our latest Three Stars of the Week:
After crossing the wire first but getting disqualified to third last time out, Imprimis made sure to run straight and true in the stretch, outdueling a pair of tough rivals to win Saturday’s $700,000 Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes (G3) at Kentucky Downs. The lightly-raced but ultra-talented runner will return to the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (G1) after finishing sixth in last year’s edition.
Though he competed in his first 28 races without them, Arklow added blinkers for the first time and returned to the winner’s circle in Saturday’s $1 million Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup (G1), a race that he also won in 2018 and finished second in last year. The Brad Cox trainee obviously loves racing at Kentucky Downs, but his trainer said afterward that the soft going was a big help as well.
Trainer Mark Casse made the decision to cut his multiple Grade 1-winning router Got Stormy back to a sprint in Saturday’s $500,000 Real Solution Ladies Sprint Stakes (G3), which she won with tremendous style and class. Though she finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), Casse said that he will point her toward the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint as her year-end goal.
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