Silver Max, making his first since finishing fourth in the Breeders' Cup Mile last November, turned in a trademarked front-running triumph on Saturday in the Grade 2, $224,800 Firecracker at Churchill Downs.
Untapable will make her first start since cruising to a 4 ½-length victory in that top Churchill Downs test when she faces an expected five other 3-year-old fillies in the $300,000 Mother Goose Stakes June 28 at Belmont.
Moonshine Mullin, headed at the top of the stretch, responded to the challenge of Departing to spurt clear late and register a 10-1 upset in the $552,500 Stephen Foster Handicap the night of June 14 at Churchill Downs.
Bill Cubbedge's Molly Morgan shot through an opening along the rail on the final turn and drew away to an easy upset victory in the $216,200 Fleur de Lis Handicap at Churchill Downs the evening of June 14.
Will Take Charge recording a well-beaten sixth as the 3-5 chalk in the Grade 2 Alysheba, and the classy four-year-old colt will be seeking a measure of redemption when he lines up for Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster H.
In preparations similar to trainer Nick Zito's handling of Birdstone between his off-the-board Kentucky Derby finish and his victory in the 2004 Belmont Stakes, Wicked Strong appears to be progressing through regular work on a training track.