05/17/2013 3:11PM

Churchill Downs notes: Centre Court on target for Just A Game at Belmont

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Centre Court has been first or second in all but one of her 11 career starts.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Centre Court, arguably the top filly-mare turf runner in North America, has thrived since posting her third straight victory last month at Keeneland and is “very much on target” for her next start in the Grade 1 Just A Game on the June 8 Belmont Stakes undercard, said trainer Rusty Arnold.

“She is doing just terrific,” said Arnold. “It’d be hard to imagine her training any better than she is.”

Centre Court, bred and owned by G. Watts Humphrey Jr., was scheduled to breeze Saturday morning over the Polytrack at Keeneland, marking her third work since the 4-year-old filly captured the Grade 1 Jenny Wiley at Keeneland by two lengths. A daughter of Smart Strike, she has been first or second in all but one of her 11 career starts.

“She’ll work again on Memorial Day weekend, and then we’ll work out how to get her to New York the best way,” said Arnold.

The $500,000 Just a Game is run at a mile on turf. “We’ll have a pretty ambitious schedule with her from this race through the fall,” said Arnold. “This was the one window of time I had to give her a little break. So far the plan’s working out.”

Borel raising retirement funds

Hall of Fame-elect jockey Calvin Borel will be among those turning out Monday for a fund-raising event at the Old Friends equine retirement home in Georgetown, Ky.

Among the horses Borel is going to visit is Ready’s Rocket, whom he rode regularly during the 10-year-old gelding’s 74-race career. Borel will be on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. Eastern for autographs and photographs.

More information is available by calling Old Friends at (502) 863-1775.

Young Davis catches up

Dylan Davis got over the disappointment of being disqualified from what would have been his first-ever win at Churchill by going on a little roll soon after.

Davis, the 18-year-old apprentice who began riding in Kentucky last month, embarked on a 3-for-4 streak at Churchill after he and Chelsea Brook were disqualified from an apparent victory in the second race May 10. Davis rode one winner on each of the next three Churchill cards, ending with the final race here Thursday, all from a total of just four attempts. In all, Davis, the son of noted jockey Robbie Davis, had 10 career wins going into the Friday twilight card.

** Burban, the runner-up to Aubby K. in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on the Kentucky Derby undercard, will run back in the Grade 3, $100,000 Winning Colors Stakes here on Memorial Day, May 27, said trainer Eddie Kenneally.

Kenneally also trains Jamaican Smoke, the fourth-place in the Humana, but “we haven’t decided what’s next for her,” he said.

** Exclusive Love, winner of a high-end filly-mare turf allowance here last Sunday, will run next in the Grade 3 Mint Julep Handicap on June 8, said Norm Casse, assistant to his father, trainer Mark Casse.

** A two-day carryover worth $26,675 in the super high five spurred another $48,293 in new money on the last race Thursday. Winning $1 tickets with the 8-1-11-12-6 combination returned $10,965.30.