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).

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.”

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