DOWN THE STRETCH – Robert Lutrell's undefeated graded stakes-winning filly Promise Me Silver breezed five furlongs in 1:01.20 on Friday morning for trainer Bret Calhoun. This was the Texas-bred's second work since her victory in the Eight Belles (GIII) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard and she's targeting the Acorn (GI) at Belmont Park. … John C. Oxley's Noble Bird worked a bullet five furlongs in: 58.80 for trainer Mark Casse This was the son of Birdstone's first work since his runner-up effort behind Protonico in the May 1 Alysheba (GII). … The Casse barn's Tepin breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40, which was the daughter of Tapit's first work since her victory in the Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (GII). … Sky Captain, another Casse trainee, worked five furlongs in :59.80 over the main track, his first work since being disqualified from second to fourth in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) on Derby Day. … Retired Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day, trainer Dallas Stewart and jockey Jon Court will join Darren Rogers and John Asher as guests on Saturday's “Inside Churchill Downs” which airs from 10-11 a.m. on ESPN 680/105.7 or www.espnlouisville.com. … On Thursday, it was announced that Court, 54, will receive the 2015 Mike Venezia Memorial Award on Monday at Belmont Park. Established in 1989, the Mike Venezia Memorial Award is awarded to jockeys who exemplify extraordinary sportsmanship and citizenship. It is named in honor of Mike Venezia, who died as a result of injuries he suffered in a spill in 1988 at Belmont Park. Previous winners include Bill Shoemaker, Angel Cordero Jr., Jerry Bailey, Mike Smith, Gary Stevens, Richard Migliore and Ramon Dominguez. Churchill Downs plans to salute Court for the honor between races on Saturday. … The weekly “Who's the Champ? Handicapping Contest” returns Sunday in Churchill Downs' ITW area on the second floor of the Clubhouse. Bettors can enter for $35 ($30 for TSC Elite members) and are required to make mythical $2 Win/Place bets on Races 3-8. The highest bankroll will win a $1,000 cash voucher or free entry to the Churchill Downs Challenge on June 13. Second place is a $500 voucher and third is a $250 voucher. Registration takes place Sunday between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the top of the Gate 17 escalators. … Entries for Monday's Memorial Day feature, the 12th running of the $100,000 Winning Colors (GIII) for fillies and mares at six furlongs, will be taken Saturday morning. Possible entrants, according to assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork, are Boss Barney's Babe, Enchanting Lisa, Heykittykittykitty, Milam, Pistolpackinpenny, defending champ Southern Honey, Spring Included, Street Story, Toni's Hollyday and You Bought Her. … General admission for all active and retired members of the United States armed forces is free on Monday, and there's a special $28 Memorial Day dining package in Millionaires Row 4 available for military as well. … Track bugler Steve Buttleman will entertain Memorial Day attendees with patriotic songs following the “Call to the Post” for each race on Monday. He's also sure to decorate the Kentucky Derby Winner's Circle with an abundance of U.S. flags.
Official release from Churchill Downs media relations