Horse Racing

Six Stakes On Tap For Stephen Foster Preview Day At Churchill Downs


Tiz the Bomb wins the Jeff Ruby Steaks; listed as probable for the Audubon at Churchill

A total of seven stakes races, including a trio of Grade 3 events, will be on tap next weekend at Churchill Downs. Saturday’s “Stephen Foster Preview Day” will have six stakes staged that are all steppingstones to the July 2 stakes bonanza beneath the Twin Spires.

The $200,000 Blame (Listed), run at 1 1/16 miles, will be used as a prep for many horses prior to the $750,000 Stephen Foster (G2) – a “Win and You’re In” event for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) on Nov. 5 at Keeneland.  The $200,000 Shawnee (Listed), run at 1 1/16 miles, is the Blame’s filly and mare counterpart to give horses a prep for the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (G2).

The day of racing will also feature the $200,000 Arlington (G3) for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf; the $200,000 Regret (GIII) for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf; the $200,000 Aristides (Listed) for 4-year-olds and up at six furlongs; and the $200,000 Audubon for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.

Sunday’s program will be headlined by the $200,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (G3) for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Following are some of the probable entrants, according to Churchill Downs Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork:

  • $200,000 Arlington (Grade 3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 4-year-olds and up: Admission Office (Brian Lynch); Floriform (Bill Mott); Gray’s Fable (Brian Lynch); and Like the King (Mark Casse).
  • $200,000 Regret (Grade 3) at 1 1/8 miles on turf for 3-year-old fillies: Beside Herself (Todd Pletcher); Candy Raid (Keith Desormeaux); McKulick (GB) (Chad Brown); Skims (Shug McGaughey); and Walkathon (Ian Wilkes).
  • $200,000 Blame (Listed) at 1 1/16 miles for 4-year-olds and up: Dynamic One (Todd Pletcher); Intrepid Heart (Joe Sharp); Militarist (Carlo Vaccarezza); Scalding (Shug McGaughey); and Title Ready (Dallas Stewart).
  • $200,000 Shawnee (Listed) at 1 1/16 miles for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up: Army Wife (Mike Maker); Ava’s Grace (Robertino Diodoro); Crazy Beautiful (Kenny McPeek); and Powder River (Norm Casse).
  • $200,000 Aristides (Listed) at six furlongs for 4-year-olds and up: Bango (Greg Foley); Bob’s Edge (Larry Jones); Kneedeepinsnow (Matt Shirer); Long Range Toddy (Dallas Stewart); Miles Ahead (Paul McGee); Necker Island (Chris Hartman); Pyron (Al Stall Jr.); and Top Gunner (John Ortiz).
  • $200,000 Audubon at 1 1/8 miles on turf for 3-year-olds: Grand Sonata (Todd Pletcher); James Jones (Chad Brown); Speaking Scout (Graham Motion); Summer Anthem (Mike Maker); Tallahatchiebridge (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Tiz the Bomb (Kenny McPeek); and Trending (Shug McGaughey).
  • $200,000 Old Forester Mint Julep (G3) at 1 1/16 miles on turf for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up: Dalika (Al Stall Jr.); Gam’s Mission (Cherie DeVaux); Hendy Woods (Mark Casse); Keeper of Time (Brendan Walsh); and Lake Lucerne (Brendan Walsh).

Entries for Saturday’s card will be drawn Wednesday, while Sunday’s card will be drawn Thursday.

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