(Trainer Mark Casse / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
At the start of racing on Thursday, Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse was just three wins away from 3,000 – a mark he could eclipse with Stonestreet Stables’ Hendy Woods in Saturday’s $200,000, G2 Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs.
“I actually didn’t realize we were this close until Wednesday night when (owner) Gary Barber said something to me,” Cassesaid from his home in Ocala, Fla. “It’s a lot of wins and lots of getting beat up trying to get them.”
Casse has yet to win the Mrs. Revere but his assistant trainer, David Carroll, won the race in 2008 with Acoma. Carroll oversees Casse’s Churchill Downs string and has been with Hendy Woods since the start of her career in January at Fair Grounds.
“She can be a bit of a difficult horse to ride at times but has a lot of talent,” Carroll said. “I think with only seven in the Mrs. Revere, and not a lot of pace, it’ll be interesting to see how things play out early. She’s run well in all of her starts but ran into some really nice horses in her last two races like Sharing and Harvey’s Lil Goil.”
Saturday’s Mrs. Revere is the headliner of the 11-race program beneath the Twin Spires. First post is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Mrs. Revere will go as Race 10 with a post time of 5:36 p.m. Run at 1 1/16 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course, the Mrs. Revere is the lone graded stakes race in North America this weekend.
Churchill Downs leading rider Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard Hendy Woods in the Mrs. Revere. Gaffalione finished third in last year’s running of the race aboard The Mackem Bullet.
Casse had two horses entered on Thursday: one at Indiana Grand and one at Gulfstream Park West.
The Mrs. Revere field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Hendy Woods (Gaffalione, Casse, 3-1); Positive Danger (Brian Hernandez Jr., Tony Granitz, 15-1); Stunning Sky (Ricardo Santana Jr., Mike Maker, 5-2); Princess Grace(Florent Geroux, Mike Stidham 3-1); How Ironic (Rafael Bejarano, Vicki Oliver, 4-1); Pass the Plate (Joe Talamo, Paul McGee, 8-1); and Witez (Julien Leparoux, Ian Wilkes, 8-1).
The Mrs. Revere is named in tribute to the highly competitive filly who collected a total of four Churchill Downs stakes during the two-year span of 1984-85. Mrs. Revere won three stakes in total during her 3-year-old season, thus providing the appropriate name for this stakes for 3-year-old fillies on the turf. Mrs. Revere was owned by the partnership of Dr. Hiram Polk and Dr. David Richardson.
CHURCHILL DOWNS TO PARTNER WITH NYRA FOR CROSS COUNTRY PICK 5 – Churchill Downs has once again partnered with the New York Racing Association for a Cross Country Pick 5 on Thursday and Friday.
Thursday’s race order and approximate post times (all times eastern):
Leg A: Aqueduct Race 8 (3:47 p.m.)
Leg B: Churchill Race 7 (4:06 p.m.)
Leg C: Aqueduct Race 9 (4:17 p.m.)
Leg D: Churchill Race 8 (4:36 p.m.)
Leg E: Churchill Race 9 (5:06 p.m.)
Friday’s race order and approximate post times (all times eastern):
Leg A: Aqueduct Race 7 (3:17 p.m.)
Leg B: Churchill Race 6 (3:36 p.m.)
Leg C: Aqueduct Race 8 (3:47 p.m.)
Leg D: Aqueduct Race 9 (4:17 p.m.)
Leg E: Churchill Race 9 (5:06 p.m.)
The 50-cent minimum wager has a 15% takeout and can be placed at simulcast centers and ADWs including TwinSpires.com.
TV SCHEDULE – Racing at Churchill Downs continues every Wednesday-Sunday through Nov. 29 daily first post at 1 p.m. (except 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day). Below is this week’s TV schedule on the Fox Sports family of networks:
Thursday: FS2 (12-6 p.m.) | MSG+ (12-6 p.m.)
Friday: FS2 (12-6 p.m.) | MSG+ (12:30-6 p.m.)
Saturday: FS2 (12-2:30 p.m.) | MSG+ (12-6 p.m.)
Sunday: FS1 (12-6 p.m.) | MSG+ (12:30-6 p.m.)
DOWN THE STRETCH – There was a $99,167 carryover in the 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot for racing on Thursday. First post was 1 p.m. and the Single 6 spanned Races 5-10. … Jockey Florent Geroux moved into a tie with Tyler Gaffalione atop the jockey standings with 13 wins after he recorded four victories on Wednesday’s nine-race program. … “Inside Churchill Downs” will air Friday at 6 p.m. on ESPN 680/105.7. Those outside the Louisville area can listen live on www.espnlouisville.com. … For more information and to purchase tickets for the Fall Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com.