(Jockey Tyler Gaffalione / Photos by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

As the Churchill Downs Spring Meet enters its final three days, several jockeys and trainers are making their summer plans.

          Leading rider Tyler Gaffalione plans to spend the summer in Saratoga where he recorded 33 wins last year and was No. 6 in the standings. Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. joined Gaffalione last summer but was unsure where he’ll be based this year.

          Much of the current Churchill Downs jockey colony will base in Kentucky for the summer and ride primarily at Ellis Park. Those expected to contest the Ellis meeting include last year’s champion rider Brian Hernandez Jr. along with Rafael Bejarano, Adam Beschizza, Martin Garcia, Florent Geroux, James Graham, Corey Lanerie, Julien Leparoux, Gabe Saez and Joe Talamo.

          Chris Landeros is scheduled to ride primarily at Ellis but will travel several days to Colonial Downs. Jockeys Rey Gutierrez and Joe Rocco Jr. plan to base at Colonial the entire summer. Last year Rocco was in a heated battle for leading rider for most of the meet with Horacio Karamanos and finished second 21-20 wins.

          Nearly every trainer that is currently stabled on the backside of Churchill Downs will keep horses in Kentucky and ship to other tracks over the next two months.

Trainers Tom Amoss, Steve Asmussen, Phil Bauer, Mark Casse, Brad Cox and Ian Wilkes have become regulars at Saratoga and will continue to have a presence there.

          Trainers Jason Barkley, Bill Morey and Matt Shirer are also slated to have stalls at Saratoga for the first time. They will split their stables between Kentucky and New York.

          Norm Casse will be based on both coasts this summer with a barn at Del Mar and Saratoga.

          Michelle Lovell and Mike Tomlinson will once again return to Colonial Downs for the summer. Lovell finished second in the standings last year with nine wins while Tomlinson finished fourth with seven.

          Following the close of the Spring Meet on Monday, the next race date at Churchill Downs will be Arlington Million Day on Saturday, Aug. 13. Training will continue after the meet closes but will have adjusted hours of 5:30-9:30 a.m. Over the next several weeks many trainers begin to ship in their 2-year-olds. Currently, there are about 450 2-year-olds stabled at Churchill Downs and Trackside Louisville.

SUNDAY, MONDAY TO CLOSE SPRING MEET WITH QUINTET OF STAKES EVENTS – Sunday and Monday’s cards at Churchill Downs will close the Spring Meet and feature a combined quintet of stakes events led by graded stakes winners Cody’s Wish and Plainsman in Monday’s $175,000 Hanshin presented by the JRA.

          Here are the complete fields from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds) for all five stakes events Sunday-Monday.


  • $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes (Race 3, 1:43 p.m.): The Mary Rose (Tyler Gaffalione, John Ortiz, 9-5); Li’l Tootsie (Edgar Morales, Tom Amoss, 2-1); Will’s Secret (Jon Court, Wayne Lukas, 5-2); Roc’s Princess (Rey Gutierrez, Billy Gowan, 15-1); and Sylvia Q (Chris Landeros, Phil Bauer, 7-2)
  • $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes (Race 8, 4:22 p.m.): Tejano Twist (Mitchell Murrill, Chris Hartman, 8-1); My Prankster (Rafael Bejarano, Todd Pletcher, 8-5); Gunite (Tyler Gaffalione, Steve Asmussen, 1-1); Overtaxed (Florent Geroux, Ron Moquett, 12-1); Burninhunkoflove (Colby Hernandez, Al Stall Jr., 8-1); and Hoist the Gold (Ricardo Santana Jr., Dallas Stewart, 12-1)


  • $175,000 Hanshin presented by the JRA (Race 8, 4:22 p.m.): Mish (Edwin Gonzales, Saffie Joseph Jr., 9-2); Runnin’ Ray (Martin Garcia, Joe Sharp, 15-1); Weyburn (Tyler Gaffalione, Brendan Walsh, 4-1);Awesome Gerry (Gerardo Corrales, Saffie Joseph Jr., 15-1); Three Technique (Rafael Bejarano, Jason Cook, 10-1); Plainsman (Ricardo Santana Jr., Brad Cox, 5-2); and Cody’s Wish (Junior Alvarado, Bill Mott, 8-5).
  • $175,000 Bashford Manor (Race 6, 3:18 p.m.): Gulfport (Brian Hernandez Jr., Steve Asmussen, 4-5);Owen’s Leap (Edgar Morales, Tom Amoss, 8-1); Andthewinneris (James Graham, Wayne Catalano, 5-1); Mr. Gordy (Gerardo Corrales, John Hancock, 12-1); Stayhonor Goodside (Florent Geroux, Mark Casse, 6-1); and Simply Super (Tyler Gaffalione, Mike Maker, 7-2)
  • $175,000 Debutante (Race 7, 3:50 p.m.): Crackalacking (Ferrin Peterson, Sarah Hamilton, 7-2); Eyes of Gold (Colby Hernandez, Larry Demeritte, 20-1); Wonder Wheel (Tyler Gaffalione, Mark Casse, 7-2);Sabra Tuff (Brian Hernandez Jr., Dallas Stewart, 8-1); Les Bon Temps (Florent Geroux, Norm Casse, 5-2); Frango Electrico (Rogelio Miranda, Ismael Bahena, 30-1); and Empire of My Own (Julien Leparoux, Steve Asmussen, 9-5)

          Wagering is available on www.TwinSpires.com, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

CHURCHILL DOWNS LIVE AVAILABLE ON SMART TVs – The Churchill Downs LIVE app is available free of charge on streaming services such as Amazon, Apple TV and Roku. Fans can download the Churchill Downs LIVE app for full access to a free HD live stream of the Churchill Downs simulcast signal and three additional angles including the saddling paddock.

          Fans will get analysis each race day from host Joe Kristufek who will be joined alongside expert handicappers Kaitlin Free, James Scully, Scott Shapiro and Brandon Stauble.

          Wagering is available on www.TwinSpires.com, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.


DOWN THE STRETCH – There was a $137,891 carryover in the 20-cent Derby City 6 Saturday in Races 7-12. First post was 12:45 p.m. …  There will be a mandatory payout of all wagers Monday for Closing Day of the Spring Meet. First post is 12:45 p.m. … Jockey Declan Cannon will be off his lone mount Saturday, Saburo’s Grace, in Race 1. Cannon’s iron broke during a workout Saturday morning and was being evaluated at University of Louisville Hospital for a possible leg injury. … The annual Churchill Downs Backside Blowout Sale will be Sunday at 8 a.m. near the Recreation Hall. The sale will feature merchandise at 70-80% off. …  For the latest information on the Spring Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com.


  • Racing: 12 Races; Day 40 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-6:45 p.m.
  • Dirt: Fast
  • Carryover:

o   20-cent Derby City 6 Jackpot: $137,891

  • Featured Races:

o   Race 1 (12:45 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 2yo, 6 F

o   Race 2 (1:16 p.m.) – Alw 148000b, 3&up, 5 ½ F

o   Race 3 (1:47 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 2yo, 6 F

o   Race 4 (2:19 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, f&m, 7 F

o   Race 5 (2:51 p.m.) – OC 80000n1x, 3yo, 6 ½ F

o   Race 6 (3:23 p.m.) – $200,000 Tepin, 3yo f, 1 M

o   Race 7 (3:55 p.m.) – $200,000 American Derby, 3yo, 1 1/16 M

o   Race 8 (4:35 p.m.) – $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), f&m, 1 1/8 M

o   Race 9 (5:16 p.m.) – $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes, 3&up, 6 ½ F

o   Race 10 (5:47 p.m.) – $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII), 4&up, 1 1/8 M

o   Race 11 (6:17 p.m.) – OC 62500n2x, f&m, 7 F

o   Race 12 (6:45 p.m.) – Alw 127000n1x, 3&up, 1 3/16 M

  • Featured Simulcasts:

o   Mth 2 (2:07 p.m.) – $100,000 Regret, f&m, 6 F

o   Bel 4 (2:34 p.m.) – $250,000 John A. Nerud (GII), 4&up, 7 F

o   Del 6 (3:00 p.m.) – $300,000 Delaware Oaks (GIII), 3yo f, 1 1/16 M

o   Del 7 (3:30 p.m.) – $200,000 Kent (GIII), 3yo, 1 1/8 M (T)

o   GP 7 (3:44 p.m.) – $100,000 Smile Sprint (GIII), 3&up, 6 F

o   WO 7 (4:16 p.m.) – $150,000 Selene (GIII), 3yo f, 1 1/16 M (AW)

o   Lrl 8 (4:23 p.m.) – $100,000 Caesar’s Wish, f&m, 1 M

o   Bel 8 (4:38 p.m.) – $250,000 Dwyer (GIII), 3yo, 1 M

o   WO 8 (4:48 p.m.) – $175,000 Nassau (GII), f&m, 1 M (T)

o   Lrl 9 (4:57 p.m.) – $100,000 Concern, 3yo, 7 F

o   WO 9 (5:20 p.m.) – $150,000 Marine (GIII), 3yo, 1 1/16 M (AW)

o   GP 10 (5:20 p.m.) – $300,000 Princess Rooney (GII), f&m, 7 F

o   WO 10 (5:52 p.m.) – $200,000 Highlander (GII), 4&up, 6 F (T)

  • Event: Engraved Kentucky Derby Trophies Presentation

o   Public Display of Trophies near Paddock Gate: 1-2:30 p.m.

o   Presentation in Winner’s Circle After Race 7 at approximately 4:05 p.m.

  • Owner: Rick Dawson
  • Trainer: Eric Reed
  • Jockey: Sonny Leon
  • Breeder: Calumet Farm
  • 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)
  • Milestone Watch:

o   Trainer Rusty Arnold (398 Churchill Downs wins) – one entries Saturday (Race 7)

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

o   Jockey Joe Rocco Jr. (198 Churchill Downs wins) – one mount Saturday (Race 3)

o   Trainer Joe Sharp (99 Churchill Downs wins) – three entries Saturday (Races 5, 6, 11)

  • Meet Leading Jockeys: Tyler Gaffalione (59); Ricardo Santana Jr. (32); Rafael Bejarano (29); Brian Hernandez Jr. (24); Florent Geroux (20); Joe Talamo (20)
  • Meet Leading Trainers: Brad Cox (22); Steve Asmussen (21); Joe Sharp (15); Kenny McPeek (14); Mike Maker (12)
  • Meet Leading Owners: Rigney Racing LLC (7); Juddmonte (6); Gary and Mary West (6); Albaugh Family Stables LLC (4); Calumet Farm (4); Silverton Hill LLC (4); Stonestreet Stables LLC (4)
  • National Weather Service Forecast: Mostly sunny, 88. 50% showers and thunderstorms mainly after 2 p.m. East wind 5 mph becoming light and variable.
  • Tickets: General Admission ($9), Reserved Seating ($12), Reserved Dining ($54)
  • 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



  • Racing: 10 Races; Day 41 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-5:26 p.m.
  • Featured Races:

o   Race 3 (1:43 p.m.) – $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes, f&m, 1 M

o   Race 8 (4:22 p.m.) – $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes, 3yo, 7 F

o   Race 9 (4:55 p.m.) – OC 62500n2x, 3&up, 7 F

o   Race 10 (5:26 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 3&up, 7 F

  • Featured Simulcasts:

o   Mth 8 (3:38 p.m.) – $100,000 Boiling Springs, 3yo f, 1 M 70 Y

o   Bel 8 (4:40 p.m.) – $100,000 Perfect Sting, f&m, 1 M (T)

o   GP 9 (4:48 p.m.) – $100,000 Bob Umphrey Sprint, 3&up, 5 ½ F (AW)

  • National Weather Service Forecast: Mostly sunny, 89. 30% showers and thunderstorms mainly before 8 a.m.
  • 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



  • Promotion: Military Appreciation Day – Free general admission for military; $32 Millionaires Row or Skye Terrace
  • Wagering: Mandatory payout in Derby City 6
  • Racing: 9 Races; Day 42 of 42
  • Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
  • First Race/Last Race: 12:45-4:55 p.m.
  • Featured Races:

o   Race 1 (12:45 p.m.) – OC 80000n3x, 3&up, 1 1/16 M

o   Race 2 (1:14 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 2yo f, 6 F

o   Race 4 (2:13 p.m.) – Mdn 120k, 2yo f, 6 F

o   Race 5 (2:45 p.m.) – OC 62500n2x, 3&up, 1 M

o   Race 6 (3:18 p.m.) – $175,000 Bashford Manor (Listed), 2yo, 6 F

o   Race 7 (3:50 p.m.) – $175,000 Debutante (Listed), 2yo f, 6 F

o   Race 8 (4:22 p.m.) – $175,000 Hanshin presented by JRA (Listed), 4&up, 1 M

o   Race 9 (4:55 p.m.) – OC 80000n1x, 3yo, 1 1/8 M

  • Featured Simulcasts: GII Great Lady M (SA)
  • National Weather Service Forecast: Sunny, 93. 20% isolated showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.
  • 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