After playing second fiddle in his prior two starts, favored Bradester finished on top in the $107,300 Ack Ack Stakes Sept. 6 from Churchill Downs, holding off Carve in a front-running effort by 1 ¾ lengths.
As the first race in the "Road to the Kentucky Derby" scoring series, and a "Win & You're In" for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Saturday's Grade 3, $115,500 Iroquois Stakes featured several promising two-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
Grade 3-placed Take Charge Brandi will aim for her breakthrough stakes win Saturday, Sept. 6, when she faces an expected nine other 2-year-old fillies in the $200,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Bourbon Lane Stable's Hashtag Bourbon will try to add a second straight stakes win and more luster to the strong start by his freshman sire Super Saver in the $100,000 Iroquois Stakes Sept. 6 at Churchill Downs.
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.