(Sconsin / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

VS.

(Bell’s the One / Coady Photography)

Again…

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Lothenbach Stables’ Grade I winner Bell’s the One and Lloyd Madison Farm’s multiple graded stakes winner Sconsin, two of the top filly and mare sprinters in the country, are set to clash Saturday in an extremely competitive renewal of the $200,000 Chicago Stakes (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.

          Bell’s the One and Sconsin were entered against seven rivals in the seven-furlong Chicago. First post Saturday is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. and the Chicago will go as Race 9 of 10 with a post time of 4:55 p.m.

          Bell’s the One and Sconsin have faced one another in several starts. Most recently, Sconsin got the better of Bell’s the One by a half-length in the $300,000 Open Mind. Prior to that start, Bell’s the One was victorious by three-quarters of a length over Scosin in the $110,000 Roxelana.

          Trained by Neil Pessin, Bell’s the One has won four of her 11 lifetime starts at Churchill Downs. Her most notable win was in the 2020 Derby City Distaff (GI) where she defeated former Kentucky Oaks heroineSerengeti Empress by a scant nose. Jockey Corey Lanerie has ridden Bell’s the One in 19 of 24 starts. He’ll be aboard the 6-year-old Majesticperfection mare from post No. 4.

          Sconsin, trained by Greg Foley, returned four weeks ago from an eight month layoff in the $200,000 Winning Colors (GIII). In the Winning Colors, Sconsin defeated four rivals by three-quarters of a length. Churchill Downs leading rider Tyler Gaffalione was named on the 5-year-old Include mare and drew post 7.

          Whitham Thoroughbreds multiple Grade III winner Four Graces will attempt to avenge her runner-up effort in last month’s $750,000 Derby City Distaff (GI) in the Chicago. Trained by Ian Wilkes, Four Graces won the 2020 Dogwood (GIII) and Beaumont (GIII) as a 3-year-old. In the Derby City Distaff, the now 5-year-old mare, battled hard against Obligatory but fell three-quarters of a length short. Regular rider Julien Leparoux will be in the saddle from post 6.

          Belladonna Racing’s $160,000 Roxelana Stakes winner Bayerness returns for the Chicago. Bayerness scored a 4 ½-length win in the April 30 Roxelana, her first start in more than eight months for trainer Cherie DeVaux. Jockey Luis Saez will be in town to pilot the five-time winning daughter of Bayern from the rail.

Godolphin’s Pennybaker is another talented filly that was entered in the Chicago. The five-time winner, trained by Mike Stidham, arrived in his barn this spring from France and sports a stout 6 ¾-length victory in the $100,000 Heavenly Cause Stakes. The daughter of Medaglia d’Oro is on a five-race win streak which dates back to Aug. 19, 2021 at Deauville when she broke her maiden. Pennybaker will be ridden by James Grahamout of post 2.

          The Chicago field is rounded out by 2021 La Brea (GI) winner Kalypso and Grade III winner Lady Rocket.

This will be the second time the Chicago Stakes has been run at Churchill Downs. The storied race was previously run at Arlington. The other time the Chicago was run at Churchill Downs was in 2017 whenFinley’sluckycharm defeated nine rivals as the heavy 1-5 favorite.

Here’s the field in order of post positions (with jockey and trainer): Bayerness (Saez, DeVaux); Pennybaker (Graham, Stidham); Lady Rocket (Ricardo Santana Jr., Brad Cox); Bell’s the One (Lanerie, Pessin); Kalypso (Gerardo Corrales, Steve Asmussen); Four Graces (Leparoux, Wilkes); and Sconsin (Gaffalione, Foley).

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DOWN THE STRETCH – There was a $37,420 carryover in the 20-cent Derby City 6 Wednesday in Races 4-9. First post was 10:30 a.m. The Super Hi 5 had a $14,326 carryover in Race 9. … Jockey Rene Diaz was one win away from becoming a five-pound apprentice rider. He entered Wednesday’s card with 39-career wins. … Summer stall applications are due Friday. For more information and blank applications, visit Steve Hargrave in the Stable Office. … “Inside Churchill Downs” will air Friday from 6-7 p.m. on ESPN 680/105.7. Those outside the Louisville area can listen live on www.espnlouisville.com … Kentucky Derby (GI) and Preakness (GI) runner-up Epicenter continued his preparation for the Jim Dandy (GII) with a half-mile move in :50.60 Monday morning. … For the latest information on the Spring Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com.

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22

  • Racing: 9 Races; Day 32 of 42
  • Gates Open: 9:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 10:30 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.
  • Dirt: Fast
  • Carryovers:

o   20-cent Derby City 6 Jackpot: $37,420

o   $1 Super Hi 5: $14,326

  • Milestone Watch:

o   Trainer Rusty Arnold (397 Churchill Downs wins) – no entries Wednesday

o   Jockey Adam Beschizza (99 Churchill Downs wins) – no mounts Wednesday

o   Trainer Mark Casse (292 Churchill Downs wins) – no entries Wednesday

o   Trainer Bill Mott (749 Churchill Downs wins) – no entries Wednesday

o   Jockey Marcelino Pedroza Jr. (97 Churchill Downs wins) – no mounts Wednesday

o   Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. (198 Churchill Downs wins) – no mounts Wednesday

o   Trainer Joe Sharp (94 Churchill Downs wins) – three entries Wednesday (Races 1, 6, 9)

  • Meet Leading Jockeys: Tyler Gaffalione (46); Ricardo Santana Jr. (26); Rafael Bejarano (24); Brian Hernandez Jr. (19); Florent Geroux (17)
  • Meet Leading Trainers: Brad Cox (19); Steve Asmussen (16); Mike Maker (12); Joe Sharp (10); Kenny McPeek (9); Brendan Walsh (9)
  • Meet Leading Owners: Rigney Racing LLC (5); Gary and Mary West (5); Juddmonte (4); Silverton Hill LLC (4); Albaugh Family Stables LLC (3); Steve Asmussen (3); Peter Brant (3); Built Wright Stables LLC (3); Calumet Farm (3); Godolphin LLC (3); David E. Miller (3); Paradise Farms Corp. and David Staudacher (3); Stonestreet Stables LLC (3); Steve Vanovich, Larry Craig and Speshell Racing (3)
  • National Weather Service Forecast: Sunny and hot, 96. 30% showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 p.m. Heat index values as high as 105. South wind 5-8 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: TVG
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 23

  • Promotion: Twilight Thursday – $2 select domestic can beer, live music (Dusty Bo), food trucks (Sweet N Savory; Crave a Go Go; Copper Kitchen; 502 Kitchen; and Flavorville)
  • Racing: 8 Races; Day 33 of 42
  • Gates Open: 4 p.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 5-8:23 p.m.
  • Featured Races:

o   Race 5 (6:56 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 2yo, 5 F

o   Race 6 (7:25 p.m.) – Alw 127000n1x, f&m, 1 M

o   Race 7 (7:54 p.m.) – OC 80000n3x, 3&up, 1 1/16 M

o   Race 8 (8:23 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, f&m, 1 3/16 M

  • National Weather Service Forecast: Sunny, 88.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (3-8:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 24

  • Scheduled Racing: 9 Races; Day 34 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-4:55 p.m.
  • Featured Races:

o   Race 4 (2:13 p.m.) – Alw 127000n1x, f&m, 1 ½ M

o   Race 7 (3:50 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 3&up, 1 3/16 M

  • National Weather Service Forecast: Sunny, 89.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com
  • Radio: “Inside Churchill Downs” on ESPN 680/105.7 (6-7 p.m.)

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 25

  • Racing: 10 Races; Day 35 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-5:26 p.m.
  • Stakes Racing: GIII, $200,000 Chicago
  • Featured Simulcasts: GII Mother Goose (Bel); GIII Ohio Derby (Tdn)
  • National Weather Service Forecast: Mostly sunny and hot, 94.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS1 (12:30-4 p.m.), FS2 (4-6 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

SUNDAY, JUNE 26

  • Scheduled Racing: 10 Races; Day 36 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-5:26 p.m.
  • National Weather Service Forecast: Mostly sunny, 92. Slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9 a.m.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS1 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS2 (1:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29

  • Scheduled Racing: 9 Races; Day 37 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-4:55 p.m.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (12:30-5 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

THURSDAY, JUNE 30

  • Promotion: Twilight Thursday – $2 select domestic can beer, live music (The Never B’s), food trucks (Sweet N Savory; All Thaid Up; Crave a Go Go; Crave Street Kitchen; 502 Kitchen; and Flavorville)
  • Scheduled Racing: 8 Races; Day 38 of 42
  • Gates Open: 4 p.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 5-8:23 p.m.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (3-8:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

FRIDAY, JULY 1

  • Scheduled Racing: 11 Races; Day 39 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-5:58 p.m.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (12:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com
  • Radio: “Inside Churchill Downs” on ESPN 680/105.7 (6-7 p.m.)

SATURDAY, JULY 2 (STEPHEN FOSTER DAY)

  • Event: Jockeys & Jeans benefitting the PDJF

o   Stephen Foster Day will feature exciting stakes racing and the opportunity to support “Jockeys & Jeans” as they host their eighth annual fundraising event benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. The PDJF is an independent charitable organization that provides financial assistance to jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

o   Tickets to the event include:

  • Access to the Triple Crown Room including a buffet lunch and cash bar
  • Jockeys & Jeans event programming
  • Autographed Jockeys & Jeans poster
  • Meet and Greet with Hall of Fame Jockeys and others including Braulio Baeza, Bill Boland, Don Brumfield, Steve Cauthen, Jean Cruguet, Pat Day, Earlie Fires, Sandy Hawley, Julie Krone, Mike Manganello, Chris McCarron, Craig Perrett, Laffit Pincay Jr., Edgar Prado, Shane Sellers, Jose Santos and Gary Stevens

o   Public Events:

  • 11:45 a.m. to Race 8 – Jockeys & Jeans Public Silent Auction (2nd Floor Clubhouse near PEB mural)
  • 3-4:15 p.m. – Jockeys & Jeans Autograph Session (Plaza mutuel line under the Paddock Balcony)
  • Scheduled Racing: 12 Races; Day 40 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-6:27 p.m.
  • Stakes Racing: GII, $750,000 Stephen Foster; GII, $350,000 Fleur de Lis; GII, $350,000 Wise Dan; $200,000 American Derby; $200,000 Tepin; $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes; $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes; $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes
  • Featured Simulcasts: GII John A. Nerud (Bel); GII Princess Rooney (GP); GIII Delaware Oaks (Del); GIII Dwyer (Bel); GIII Kent (Del); GIII Smile Sprint (GP)
  • Tickets: General Admission ($9), Reserved Seating ($12), Reserved Dining ($54)
  • Event: Jockeys and Jeans charity event benefiting the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund
  • TV: FS1 (12:30-3 p.m.), FS2 (3-5 p.m.), NBC (4-6 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

SUNDAY, JULY 3

  • Scheduled Racing: 10 Races; Day 41 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-5:26 p.m.
  • Stakes Racing: $175,000 Hanshin
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (12:30-1:30 p.m.), FS1 (1:30-5:30 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com

 

MONDAY, JULY 4 (CLOSING DAY)

  • Promotion: Military Appreciation Day – Free general admission for military; $32 Millionaires Row or Skye Terrace
  • Scheduled Racing: 9 Races; Day 42 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-4:55 p.m.
  • Stakes Racing: $175,000 Bashford Manor; $175,000 Debutante
  • Featured Simulcasts: GII Great Lady M (SA)
  • Tickets: General Admission ($7), Reserved Seating ($10), Reserved Dining ($42)
  • TV: FS2 (12:30-6 p.m.)
  • Smart TV App: Churchill Downs LIVE
  • Wager: TwinSpires.com