Stewart Considering Plans for Stephen Foster Winner Seeking the Soul; Mr. Money Headed to Indiana Derby; Delaware ‘Cap for Elate

(Seeking the Soul winning the G2 Stephen Foster / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Veteran trainer Dallas Stewart was back to work Sunday at Churchill Downs to figure out the next option for Saturday’s $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade II) winner Seeking the Soul.

“We got back at it at 5 a.m. this morning and looking forward to the future,” Stewart said. “He bounced out of the race in great shape and we’ll keep our options open for finding his next target. One thing is for sure, we definitely have a spot in this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic unlike last year.”

Seeking the Soul originally targeted the 2018 Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) but did not make the body of the field for the 1 1/8-mile race and had to run in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI). With his victory in the Stephen Foster, Seeking the Soul secured a “Win and You’re In” spot for this year’s Classic on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita.

“East Coast, West Coast, we’re keeping our options open but we know we have a race in November to point towards,” Stewart said.

(Mr. Money winning the G3 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Other winners on Saturday night’s spectacular 11-race program included Mr. Money (Matt Winn), March to the Arch (Wise Dan), Elate (Fleur de Lis), Hard Legacy (Regret) and RB Texas Hold Em (President of the UAE Cup).

“It was such a phenomenal night of racing,” said trainer Bret Calhoun, who is targeting the $500,000 Indiana Derby (GIII) on July 13 for Mr. Money’s next start. “We think that (1 1/16-mile) race makes a lot of sense for his next target. We get to keep him at home and don’t ship him around too much.”

(Elate winning the G2 Fleur de Lis Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Fleur de Lis winner Elate could target the $750,000 Delaware Handicap (GII) at 1 ¼ miles on July 13 as her next start, according to Claiborne Farm’s Walker Hancock. Plans for Wise Dan winner March to the Arch and Regret hero Hard Legacy’s remain in flux.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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