(Hoist the Gold / Photo by Coady Media)

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

HOIST THE GOLD TOPS FIELD OF 11 FOR $1,000,000 CHURCHILL DOWNS (GI) PRESENTED BY FORD

Dream Team One Racing’s Stable’s Hoist the Gold, runner-up to 2023 Horse of the Year Cody’s Wish here last year in the Churchill Downs, heads a field of 11 4-year-olds and up for this year’s running of the seven-furlong sprint.

The Churchill Downs will go as the eighth race with a 2:46 p.m. post time.

Trained by Dallas Stewart, Hoist the Gold produced a strong finish to 2023 by winning the Phoenix (GII) at Keeneland and the Cigar Mile (GII) with a sixth-place Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) finish sandwiched in between.

John Velazquez has the mount from post 11.

The field for the Churchill Downs, with riders from the inside, is: Raise Cain (Luis Saez), Tejano Twist (Irad Ortiz Jr.), Bo Cruz (Jose Ortiz), Mr. Wireless (Rey Gutierrez), Here Mi Song (Tyler Gaffalione), Zozos (Florent Geroux), Track Mate (Keith Asmussen), Minnesota Ready (Joel Rosario),Three Technique (Javier Castellano), Gun Pilot (Cristian Torres), Hoist the Gold (Velazquez).