Racing's Elite Converge on Churchill Downs Opening Week

Racing's Elite Converge on Churchill Downs Opening Week

Category : News - Sun 19/04/2015 - 22:24 EDT

On Friday, May 1, the Kentucky Oaks undercard includes the Grade 1, $300,000 La Troienne Stakes with 2014 Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks champion Untapable chief among the 22 nominees for the race. On the Derby Day undercard, 2014 Breeders’ Cup Classic hero, Bayern, could make his first appearance of 2015 in the Grade 2, $500,000 Churchill Downs Stakes at seven furlongs.

Bayern and Palace Malice cross-nominated 

Bayern is also nominated for the Grade 2, $400,000 Alysheba Stakes on Oaks day at a mile and a sixteenth. Palace Malice, winner of the 2013 Belmont Stakes and 2014 Metropolitan Handicap, is also nominated for both the Churchill Downs and Alysheba Stakes. Last year’s Belmont Stakes winner Tonalist is yet another marquee nominee for the Alysheba.

More BC winners possible 

Nominees for the Grade 1, $400,000 Humana Distaff on Derby day include 2014 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint winner Judy the Beauty, who finished fourth to Midnight Lucky in the Humana Distaff last year for trainer Wesley Ward. Other Breeders’ Cup winners from 2014 nominated for opening week stakes at Churchill Downs include Juvenile Fillies Turf winner Lady Eli who is nominated for the Grade 3, $150,000 Edgewood on Oaks day and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner Hootenanny who could suit up for the Grade 2, $250,000 American Turf.

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