(King Fury / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Three Chimneys Farm’s 2021 Lexington Stakes (Grade III) winner King Fury headlines a field of seven 3-year-olds that were entered in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $275,000 Bourbon Trail* Stakes at Churchill Downs.
The Bourbon Trail, run at 1 3/16 miles, will go as Race 9 at 4:55 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m. The Saturday program also features the $275,000 Dogwood (Listed) and $275,000 Harrods Creek.
King Fury has run against some of the nation’s top 3-year-old colts this year, including his most-recent fifth-place effort behind top Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) rated horse Essential Quality in the $1.25 million Travers (GI). Trained by Kenny McPeek, the son of Curlin broke his maiden at Churchill Downs on debut and scored a half-length victory in the $98,000 Street Sense last fall. King Fury’s 3-year-old campaign includes a 2 ¾-length victory in the $200,000 Lexington (GIII) and a runner-up finish to Masqueparade in the $500,000 Ohio Derby (GIII). King Fury will be reunited with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. for Saturday’s race, who has been aboard the chestnut colt for all three of his victories. The duo will break from post No. 4.
Also entered in the Bourbon Trail is Rupp Racing’s stakes winner Gagetown. Trained by Brad Cox, Gagetown most recently finished third in the $250,000 St. Louis Derby and $250,000 Iowa Derby. The son of Exaggerator won the $50,000 Prairie Mile in June. Martin Garcia will ride from the rail.
The complete field for the Bourbon Trail from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Gagetown (Garcia, Cox); King’s Ovation (Joe Talamo, Dale Romans); Dr Jack (Tyler Gaffalione, Todd Pletcher); King Fury (Hernandez, McPeek); Angkor (Adam Beschizza, Phil Bauer); Bourbon Thunder (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes); and Sermononthemount (James Graham, Tom Amoss).