(Trainer Brad Cox conditions Jace’s Road / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Churhcill Downs Media Team:
Albaugh Family Stables and West Point Thoroughbreds’ Jace’s Road, an impressive debut winner and recent third-place finisher in the $300,000 Iroquois Stakes (Grade III), tops a competitive field of 11 colts that were entered in Sunday’s featured 10thrunning of the $200,000 Street Sense (GIII) as part of “Stars of Tomorrow I” at Churchill Downs.
Sunday’s opening day of the 19-day Fall Meet stand will get underway at 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and showcase all 2-year-old races. The 11-race program also features the $200,000 Rags to Riches for fillies run at 1 1/16 miles in Race 6. The Street Sense will go as Race 10 at 5:35 p.m.
Inaugurated in 2005, Churchill Downs’ Stars of Tomorrow programs have helped launch the careers of numerous graded stakes winners, including more than 50 Grade I winners led by Horse of the Year championsGun Runner (2017) and Rachel Alexandra (2009); Kentucky Derby winners Super Saver (2010) and Mandaloun (2021); and Longines Kentucky Oaks winners Rachel Alexandra (2009), Believe You Can (2012), Monomoy Girl (2018) and Secret Oath (2022). Many of the horses running Sunday will be prepping for “Stars of Tomorrow II” which will be staged four weeks later on Saturday, Nov. 26.
Jace’s Road won his career debut at Ellis Park by 6 ¼ lengths for trainer Brad Cox. He returned in the Iroquois where he was defeated 1 ½ lengths by $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) contender Curly Jackand 54-1 longshot and fellow Street Sense rival Honed. Since the Iroquois, Jace’s Road has worked three times at Churchill Downs with Florent Geroux in the saddle. Jace’s Road’s co-owner, Albaugh Family Stables, won last year’s Street Sense with the Dale Romans-trained Howling Time.
Geroux will have the mount on Jace’s Road in the Street Sense and the duo will break from post No. 3.
There were 10 rivals that entered to face Jace’s Road in the Street Sense including With Anticipation Stakes (GIII) winner Boppy O, Ellis Park Juvenile winner Top Recruit and Shakopee Juvenile winner Two Phil’s.
Here is the complete field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Top Recruit (Gerardo Corrales, Mike Maker); Boppy O (Adam Beschizza, Mark Casse); Jace’s Road (Geroux, Cox); Fliparino (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold); Two Phil’s (Jareth Loveberry, Larry Rivelli); Red Route One (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen); Frosted Departure (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek); King Ice (James Graham, Bernie Flint); Honed (Julien Leparoux, Kenny McPeek); Hayes Strike (Rafael Bejarano, Kenny McPeek); and Western Ghent (Martin Garcia, D. Wayne Lukas).
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POCAHONTAS STAKES WINNER FUN AND FEISTY HOPES TO REBOUND IN $200,000 RAGS TO RICHES – Lucky Seven Stable’s Fun and Feisty, the 3 ½-length winner of last month’s $300,000 Pocahontas Stakes (Grade III), headlines a field of eight fillies that were entered in Sunday’s 10thrunning of the $200,000 Rags to Riches at Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/16-mile Rags to Riches is the co-headlining event of Sunday’s Opening Day “Stars of Tomorrow I” card that will showcase all 2-year-old races. Along with the Rags to Riches, the 11-race program features the $200,000 Street Sense (GIII) run at 1 1/16 miles. First post is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Rags to Riches will go as Race 6 at 3:31 p.m.
Fun and Feisty attempted to parlay her Pocahontas victory to Grade I glory three weeks later in the $500,000 Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland but finished a disappointing eighth. Fun and Feisty began her career on July 4 at Churchill Downs where she had a troubled sixth-place effort in a maiden special weight contest. Two starts later, the Midshipman filly broke her maiden by three lengths on Arlington Million Day at Churchill Downs. The Pocahontas was Fun and Feisty’s first two-turn test for trainer Kenny McPeek. She’ll attempt her third-career victory in the Rags to Riches with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. in the saddle and break from post No. 7.
Chief among Fun and Feisty’s rivals in the Rags to Riches is Gold Standard Racing Stable’s eye-catching maiden special weight winner Hoosier Philly. Trained by Tom Amoss, Hoosier Philly was pre-entered in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (GI) but was not selected into the body of the race. The gray daughter of Into Mischief was well-backed on debut at even-money odds when she rallied from just off the pace to easily win by 1 ¾ under jockey Edgar Morales. Since her first start, Hoosier Philly has worked twice at Churchill Downs including a swift five-furlong move in :59.60 on Oct. 12. Morales will once again have the call from the rail.
Ready Made Racing’s undefeated T Max will attempt to go a perfect 3-for-3 in the Rags to Riches. Trained by Will Walden, T Max broke her maiden by 5 ¾ lengths in a restricted maiden special weight contest at Ellis Park where the runners either had to sell or RNA for $45,000 or less. The speedy T Max, a $10,000 purchase at the 2021 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, won her second start by five lengths on Sept. 15 at Churchill Downs in a first-level allowance contest. Her regular rider, Jack Gilligan, will be in the irons in the Rags to Riches from post 5.
Here’s the complete field for the Rags to Riches from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Hoosier Philly (Morales, Amoss); Peacock Lass (Tyler Gaffalione, Rodolphe Brisset); Stellar Lady (Corey Lanerie, Kenny McPeek); East Shore (Martin Garcia, Dale Romans); T Max (Gilligan, Walden); Naughty Gal (Ricardo Santana Jr., D. Wayne Lukas); Fun and Feisty (Hernandez, McPeek); and Dre Me Less (Florent Geroux, Rusty Arnold).
In 2017, Monomoy Girl won the Rags to Riches prior to winning the Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI).
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