(Dazzling Blue Returns in Saturday night’s Roxelana Stakes / Coady Media)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Darren Rogers & Kevin Kerstein:


Monarch StablesLast Leaf and Juddmonte’s Dazzling Blue headline a field of 10 fillies and mares entered Tuesday for the 14th running of the $200,000 Roxelana Overnight Stakes to highlight Saturday’s opening night of the 44-day Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.

The Roxelana will go as the ninth race on the 10-race program that begins at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern). Post time for the Roxelana is 10:46 p.m.

The meet that runs through June 30 will be highlighted by the 150th running of the $5 million Kentucky Derby (GI) presented by Woodford Reserve (Grade I) on May 4 and the 150th running of the $1.5 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 3.

Trained by Eddie Kenneally, Last Leaf was runner-up in the Roxelana last year. In her most recent start, Last Leaf finished second in the Barbara Fritchie (GIII) at Laurel on Feb. 17. Luis Saez has the mount from post 2.

Dazzling Blue, three times graded stakes-placed in 2023, will be making her 2024 debut for trainerBrad Cox. A two-time winner at Churchill Downs, Dazzling Blue will be ridden by Florent Geroux from post 6.

The field for the Roxelana from the rail out with riders: Happy Am I (John Velazquez), Last Leaf (Saez), Speedy Traveler (Jaime Torres), Positano Sunset (Julien Leparoux), Zeitlos (Joel Rosario), Dazzling Blue (Geroux), Backyard Money (Martin Garcia), Condensation (Jose Ortiz), Socially Selective (Junior Alvarado) and Current Climate (Tyler Gaffalione).