Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Keeneland Flies By, Churchill On Horizon

Mack Robinson's Cherokee Artist picked up his second straight allowance score on Friday at Keeneland. The Cherokee Run 4-year-old returned off an impressive win at Santa Anita over the same 1 1/16 miles distance. He is now 4-for-6 at that distance.

The bay stalked throughout and responded well when jockey Ramon Dominguez asked to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

The following race marked the return of Better Talk Now in the closing day's feature, The Fifth Third Elkhorn.Making his first start since October's Breeders' Cup, the 10-year-old gave a nice run at them but finished sixth. The field was no slouch, with the horses like Spice Route, Champs Elysses, and Buddy's Humor.

Glad to have 'Blackie' come back to the barn with a race under his belt.

Another veteran making his return this past weekend was Independent George in Pimlico's Saturday feature, the Henry Clark. The 6-year-old gelded son of Cozzene made his first start since August an optimistic one. He came late from off the pace to grab second, missing the top prize by 1 1/4 lengths.

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