Triple Chelsea Heads Field for Saturday’s Unbridled Sidney Stakes at Churchill Downs

(Triple Chelsea / Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)

From the Media Team at Churchill Downs:

Brad Grady’s Triple Chelsea, who ran down European champion Lady Aurelia in the 5 ½-furlong Giant’s Causeway last month at Keeneland, heads a field of 10 fillies and mares entered Wednesday for Saturday’s eighth running of the $70,000-added Unbridled Sidney overnight stakes at five furlongs on the Matt Winn Turf Course.

The Unbridled Sidney will go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 4:55 p.m. (all times Eastern) post time. First post time Saturday is 12:45 p.m.

Trained by Joe Sharp, Triple Chelsea has won three of four starts this year with all victories coming in stakes with aboard. Beschizza will be in the saddle again Saturday and break from post position three.

Never worse than third in four starts at the five-furlong distance, Triple Chelsea was second in this race last year and prepped for Saturday’s renewal with a half-mile work on the grass in :48.60 Tuesday morning with Beschizza up.

G. Watts Humphrey Jr.’s Morticia, who dueled with Lady Aurelia in the Shakertown before tiring late to finish third, looms the major threat to Triple Chelsea.

Trained by Rusty Arnold, the five-time stakes winner will be making her Churchill Downs debut Saturday. Never worse than second in three starts at the five-furlong distance, Morticia will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and break from post position nine.

The field for the Unbridled Sidney, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Moon River (IRE) (Jon Court, 121 pounds), There’syourtrouble (Shaun Bridgmohan, 121), Triple Chelsea (Beschizza, 125), Daylight Ahead (Joe Rocco Jr., 121), RubyNotion (Corey Lanerie, 121), Our Valor (C.J. McMahon , 121), Natural Wonder(Gabriel Saez, 121), Justa Lady (Ricardo Santana Jr., 121), Morticia (Hernandez Jr., 121) and Excessivespending (Robby Albarado, 121).

I got close to him and he was coming out. So, I made my horse switch leads and when he switched, I leaned on him a little bit, and then he pushed me out and my horse went right back on him. That’s what happened. I got him easy, anyway. He was holding his ground out and I was holding him back in. He was the horse to beat and I wasn’t going to give him a chance.”

John Velazquez, Who rode the winner Vino Rosso in the Wood Memorial, and had to withstand an inquiry and rider’s objection

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