LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012) – Repole Stable’s Overanalyze, a 3 ¼-length winner of the Futurity (Grade II) at Belmont Park, headlines a field of 10 entered for Sunday’s 31st running of the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) to be run at a mile on the main track at Churchill Downs on Opening Day of the 123rd Fall Meet.
The Iroquois, named for the famous colt who became the first American-bred to win the English Derby in 1881, is scheduled as Race 10 on the 11-race program and has a post time of 5:02 p.m. (all times Eastern). Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m.
After breaking his maiden at first asking at Saratoga in August, the Todd Pletcher-trained Overanalyze made his next start in the Hopeful (GII) and finished fourth to his stablemate, Shanghai Bobby. He rebounded from that performance to collect his first stakes win in the Futurity. He will break from post six and be ridden by two-time Iroquois winner Julien Leparoux.
The other graded stakes winner in the field is Swifty Farm Inc.’s Pataky Kid, three-length winner of the Arlington-Washington Futurity (GIII) at Arlington Park. Trained by Tom Proctor, Pataky Kid finished fourth in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (GI) at Keeneland in his next start and he will seek to bounce back from that effort in the Iroqouis. He will break from post three and be ridden by Joel Rosario.
Also among the entrants for the Iroquois are stakes winners Uncaptured, a Canadian-bred colt who recorded victories in the Swynford, Vandal and Clarendon at Woodbine prior to finishing fifth as the 2-5 favorite in the Grey (GIII), and Heaven’s Runway, winner of the Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial at Presque Isle Downs in his most recent start. Uncaptured, a supplementary nomination, will break from post eight under Miguel Mena and Heaven’s Runway will break from post five under Rosie Napravnik.
The field for the Iroquois, from the rail out, is as follows: Road Agent (ridden by Leandro Goncalves, 118 pounds), Agave Cat (Robby Albarado, 118), Pataky Kid (Rosario, 123), Five Iron (Elvis Trujillo, 118), Heaven’s Runway (Napravnik, 120), Overanalyze (Leparoux, 123), Strike the Note (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Uncaptured (Mena, 120), Triple Cross (Scott Spieth, 118) and Positively (Calvin Borel, 118).
In just seven years, Stars of Tomorrow – Churchill Downs’ two days of racing entirely devoted to rising 2-year-old stars – has been the launching pad for numerous graded stakes winners. Twenty-seven participants became Grade I winners, including Kentucky Derby 137 champ Super Saver, 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra and this year’s Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can. Fourteen became millionaires: Court Vision, Rachel Alexandra, Lawyer Ron, Pure Clan, Shackleford, Super Saver, Macho Again, Giant Oak, First Dude, Swift Temper, General Quarters, Fly Down, Believe You Can and Any Given Saturday.
GAL ABOUT TOWN PUTS UNBEATEN STREAK ON THE LINE IN SUNDAY’S POCAHONTAS
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012) – Iroquois Racing Club LLC’s Gal About Town, unbeaten and untested in her first two career starts, will face seven rivals in Sunday’s 44th running of the Grade II, $150,000-added Pocahontas at one mile on the main track at Churchill Downs.
The Pocahontas, a “Road to the Kentucky Oaks” Prep Season race, is co-featured with the $100,000-added Iroquois (GIII) on Sunday’s “Stars of Tomorrow I” program, which features racing exclusively for 2-year-olds and kicks off the 21-day Fall Meet at Churchill Downs. The Top 4 finishers in the Pocahontas will receive 10-4-2-1 points, respectively.
The Pocahontas is scheduled as Race 8 on the 11-race program and has a post time of 4:05 p.m. (all times Eastern). Post time for the first race is 12:40 p.m.
A chestnut daughter of City Zip, Gal About Town bested a field of 10 at Monmouth Park by 3 ¼ lengths in her career debut. She followed up that performance with an equally-impressive score against allowance company at Keeneland. Gal About Town, who will be saddled by Jay Severs prior to testing stakes company for the first time, will break from the outside in post eight under Jesus Castanon.
Gal About Town’s main rivals could be Sheldon Nitenson’s Danalake, Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Sign and Evelyn and Darrell Yates’ La Song.
Danalake, trained by Todd Pletcher, is the lone stakes winner in the field and has yet to be worse than second in her short career. She will break from post four under Julien Leparoux, a two-time winner of the Pocahontas.
The Al Stall Jr.-trained Sign is the least experienced filly of the bunch, but she made her one start count and took a maiden special weight event at Saratoga by 11 ¾ lengths under Rosie Napravnik, who will be aboard the filly again Sunday when they break from post six.
Prior to finishing eighth in the Darley Alcibiades (GI) at Keeneland, La Song finished just a neck behind Gold Edge in the Arlington-Washington Lassie (GIII) at Arlington Park. The Wayne Catalano-trained filly will break from post two under Corey Lanerie.
Another filly with stakes experience is Live Oak Plantation’s Seasoned Warrior. The Bill Mott-trained Seasoned Warrior broke her maiden at Saratoga in August and then ran fourth behind So Many Ways in the Spinaway (GI). In her most recent start, Seasoned Warrior ran third behind Kauai Katie in the Matron (GII) at Belmont Park. She will break from the rail in the Pocahontas under Joel Rosario.
The field for the Pocahontas, from the rail out, is as follows: Seasoned Warrior (ridden by Rosario, 118 pounds), La Song (Lanerie, 118), Cloudy in Sandiego (Terry Thompson, 118), Danalake (Leparoux, 120), Brotherhood Singer (Jon Court, 118), Sign (Napravnik, 118), Cloudy Vow (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118) and Gal About Town (Castanon, 118).