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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Wednesday, June 29, 2022) – Seven of the country’s top older horses, led by multiple graded stakes winners Mandaloun and Olympiad, are set to compete in Saturday’s Grade II, $750,000 Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs.

          Saturday’s Stephen Foster Day at Churchill Downs will get underway at 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and feature the Stephen Foster along with a quartet of supporting stakes – the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), $200,000 American Derby (Listed), $200,000 Tepin and $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes. Post time for the Stephen Foster is 5:47 p.m.

          The 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event toward the $6 million Classic held at Keeneland on Saturday, Nov. 5. The winner of the Stephen Foster will receive their entry fees paid to the Classic along with a travel stipend if they are located outside the state of Kentucky.

          The Stephen Foster will be televised on NBC from 4-6 p.m. The two-hour broadcast also will feature the $160,000 Kelly’s Landing and $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) in Races 8-9, respectively.

          In the Stephen Foster, Juddmonte’s Mandaloun, who won last year’s Derby following the disqualification of Medina Spirit, finished ninth in the $20 million Saudi Cup (GI) in his last start. Following the Saudi Cup, Mandaloun was delayed in his return to the U.S. but has been steadily working at Churchill Downs since May 8.

          “He’s been doing great training over this track so it makes sense to target a race like the Foster that is at home,” trainer Brad Cox said. “We kept our options open but this race you don’t have to ship and can run out of your own stall.”

          Since the race debuted in 1982, there have been no winners of both the Kentucky Derby and Stephen Foster.

          Jockey Florent Geroux will be back aboard Mandaloun, who drew post No. 6.

          Grandview EquineCheyenne Stable and LNJ Foxwoods’ Olympiad will return to Churchill Downs for the Foster where he last won the $500,000 Alysheba (GII) by 2 ½ lengths over Happy Saver and Title Ready on Kentucky Oaks Day. Olympiad returned to Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s Saratoga base following the Alysheba and has been training in upstate New York. The bay son of Speightstown is undefeated as a 4-year-old with open-length wins in the $500,000 New Orleans Classic (GII) and $250,000 Mineshaft Stakes (GIII). He arrived at Churchill Downs early Tuesday morning.

          “We thought he was a nice horse since he was a 2-year-old,” Mott said. “He missed a lot of time in his 3-year-old year unfortunately. The patience that we were allowed to have with him and waited until he got right paid off. He’s a really good horse and competing at a top level.”

          Olympiad will be ridden by Junior Alvarado from post 3. Alvarado has ridden Olympiad in seven of nine lifetime starts.

          Another top older horse that was entered in the Stephen Foster is $1 million Oaklawn Handicap (GII) winner Last Samurai. Owned by Willis Horton, Last Samurai will compete under Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ name for the first time after being transferred from Dallas Stewart following the 1 1/8-mile race on April 23. Last Samurai has won four of 15 starts and, along with his four-length win in the Oaklawn Handicap, sports a stakes win in the $150,000 Poinsettia at Oaklawn. Veteran rider Jon Court has the mount from post 7.

          CHC Inc and WinStar Farm’s Grade I winner Americanrevolution will attempt to avenge his fourth-place effort in last month’s $200,000 Blame in the Stephen Foster. The New York-bred Americanrevolution won last year’s $750,000 Cigar Mile (GI) as a 3-year-old. The Blame was Americanrevolution’s first start of his 4-year-old campaign. The Todd Pletcher trainee will be ridden by Luis Saez from post 2.

          The field for the Stephen Foster is completed by Godolphin’s graded stakes-placed ProxyCharles Fipke’s homebred Grade III winner Title Ready and Shortleaf Stable’s five-time winner Caddo River.

          Here’s the complete field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Caddo River (Ricardo Santana Jr., Cox); American Revolution (Saez, Pletcher); Olympiad (Alvarado, Mott); Title Ready (Brian Hernandez Jr., Dallas Stewart); Proxy (Joel Rosario, Mike Stidham); Mandaloun (Geroux, Cox); and Last Samurai (Court, Lukas).

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

KENTUCKY OAKS WINNER SHEDARESTHEDEVIL TOPS GRADE II, $350,000 FLEUR DE LIS – Flurry RacingQatar Racing Limited and Whisper Hill Farm’s 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks (Grade I) heroine Shedaresthedevil will be in search of her first victory this year in Saturday’s $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) at Churchill Downs.

          The 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis is one of six stakes events on the Stephen Foster Day program. The spectacular 12-race card is headlined by the $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII) in Race 10. The other stakes on the program are the $200,000 American Derby (Listed), the $200,000 Tepin and the $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes. First post is 12:45 p.m. and the Fleur de Lis will go to post at 4:35 p.m. as Race 8.

          The Fleur de Lis is part of the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Dozen where a portion of entry fees will be paid to the top three finishers toward the $2 million Distaff (GI) held on Nov. 5 at Keeneland.

          Shedaresthedevil, who returned to training for her 5-year-old campaign after being purchased for $5 million at the Fasig Tipton November Sale. Aside from her win in the 2020 Oaks as a 3-year-old, the classy Daredevil mare also sports wins in the Clement L. Hirsch (GI), La Troienne (GI), Azeri (GII), Indiana Oaks (GIII) and Honeybee (GIII). Shedaresthedevil has not found the winner’s circle since last year’s $400,000 Locust Grove (GIII) at Churchill Downs. Jockey Florent Geroux will remain in the saddle for the Fleur de Lis and will break from post 5.

          Chief among Shedaresthedevil’s rivals in the Fleur de Lis is Marylou Whitney Stables’ $150,000 Allaire DuPont Distaff (GIII) winner Super Quick. The speedy daughter of Super Saver was fleet-footed early in the Allair DuPont Distaff and spurted clear to a 14 ¼-length romp. Jockey Joe Talamo will have the mount on the Norm Casse trainee from post 1.

          Stonestreet Stables’ $750,000 La Troienne (GI) winner Pauline’s Pearl will attempt to avenge her fourth-place finish in last month’s $200,000 Shawnee in the Fleur de Lis. Conditioned by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Pauline’s Pearl upset Shedaresthedevil in the La Troienne. The well-bred daughter of Tapit returned four weeks later in the Shawnee but finished fourth to 20-1 upset winner She’s All WolfeJoel Rosario will have the call from post 4.

          The aforementioned She’s All Wolfe will return in the Fleur de Lis for owner Robert Zoeliner and trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. The Oklahoma-bred daughter of Magna Graduate has eight lifetime wins but only two against open competition – the Shawnee and a conditioned allowance event last May at Churchill Downs. Jockey Francisco Arrieta will have the return call from post 2.

          Here’s the complete field for the Fleur de Lis from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Super Quick (Talamo, Casse); She’s All Wolfe (Arrieta, Von Hemel); Ava’s Grace (David Cohen, Robertino Diodoro); Pauline’s Pearl (Rosario, Asmussen); and Shedaresthedevil (Geroux, Cox).

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

GRADE I WINNER RATTLE N ROLL WILL ATTEMPT TO REVERSE FORM IN $200,000 AMERICAN DERBY – Lucky Seven Stable’s classy 3-year-old colt Rattle N Roll achieved Grade I glory in last year’s $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (GI) and will attempt to find the winner’s circle for the first time since that feat in Saturday’s $200,000 American Derby (Listed) at Churchill Downs.

          The 1 1/16-mile American Derby was originally scheduled on turf but will now be run on the main track. The American Derby is one of five stakes events Saturday and is on the undercard of the $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII). The other stakes are the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), $200,000 Tepin (Listed) and $160,000 Kelly’s Landing. Post time of the American Derby is 3:55 p.m. as Race 7. The first of 12 races will get underway at 12:45 p.m.

          Trained by Kenny McPeek, Rattle N Roll recently finished third in the $225,000 Matt Winn (GIII). The chestnut son of Connect scored a 4 ¼-length win in the Oct. 9 Breeders’ Futurity under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. Rattle N Roll will once again be ridden by Hernandez and drew post No. 9.

          Other top contenders in the American Derby include WinStar Farm and Siena Farm’s recent allowance winner Kuchar and $200,000 Audubon Stakes winner Kitodan.

          Here’s the complete field for the American Derby from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Fowler Blue (Sonny Leon, Doug O’Neill); Jr’s Gift (Tiago Canuto, Hugo Andrande); Search Engine (Edgar Morales, Tom Amoss); Kitodan (Gerardo Corrales, Eric Foster); McLaren Vale (Luis Saez, Rodolphe Brisset); Double Clutch (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold); Red Run (Tyler Gaffalione, Steve Asmussen); Kuchar (Florent Geroux, Brisset); Rattle N Roll (Hernandez, McPeek); War Campaign (Colby Hernandez, Phil Sims); and O P Firecracker (Ricardo Santana Jr., Robert Medina).

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

LESLIE’S LADY WINNER WICKED HALO RETURNS IN SATURDAY’S $200,000 TEPIN – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ recent $160,000 Leslie’s Lady Overnight Stakes winner Wicked Halo headlines a field of seven 3-year-old fillies that were entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs.

The one-mile Tepin, which was originally scheduled for the turf but will now be run on the main track, will go as Race 6 with a post time of 3:23 p.m. First post is 12:45 p.m. Saturday’s Stephen Foster Day program is headlined by the $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII) along with a quartet of other stakes events – the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), $200,000 American Derby (Listed) and $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes.

          Trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, Wicked Halo scored a 2 ¾-length victory three weeks ago in the Leslie’s Lady under leading rider Tyler Gaffalione. The gray daughter of Gun Runner also won last year’s $200,000 Adirondack (GII). Gaffalione will once again have the call from post No. 4.

          Other accomplished fillies that entered the Tepin are Juddmonte’s recent 3 ¼-legnth allowance winner PatnaRandy Patterson’s multiple stakes placed Verylittlecents and Susan Moulton’s $200,000 Rags to Riches winner Sandstone.

          Here’s the complete field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Hearty Constitution (Luis Saez, Joe Sharp); Patna (Florent Geroux, Brad Cox); Verylittlecents (Jon Court, Randy Morse); Wicked Halo (Gaffalione, Asmussen); Zawish (Edgar Morales, Helen Pitts-Blasi); Runaway Wife (Julien Leparoux, Kenny McPeek); and Sandsone (Brian Hernandez Jr., Wayne Catalano).

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

BANGO SEARCHES FOR EIGHTH CHURCHILL DOWNS VICTORY IN $160,000 KELLY’S LANDING OVERNIGHT STAKES – Tamaroak Partners’ Bango, a seven-time winner at Churchill Downs, headlines a field of nine sprinters that were entered in the $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes.

          The 6 ½-furlong Kelly’s Landing will go as Race 9 of 12 with a post time of 5:16 p.m. The Kelly’s Landing is one of five stakes events Saturday as part of Stephen Foster Day. The other stakes are the $750,000 Stephen Foster (GII), $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), $350,000 Wise Dan (GII), $200,000 American Derby (Listed) and $200,000 Tepin. First post is 12:45 p.m.

          Trained by Greg Foley, Bango is one of only 27 documented horses to win at least seven starts at Churchill Downs. With a victory in the Kelly’s Landing, the 5-year-old son of Congrats would join AtheniumBet On SunshineCanelaCrown LeaseLord RustyMaxxed and Paden as eight-time winners at Churchill Downs. Ready’s Rocket is the all-time win leader beneath the historic Twin Spires with 11 wins followed by Barrister SivCan’tholdmeback and Herreno with nine.

          Bango enters the Kelly’s Landing following a 2 ½-length victory in the $200,000 Aristides (Listed). Bango surprised many gamblers in the Aristides at odds of 10-1 but Foley was not one of them.

          “I couldn’t believe he paid that much. He ran one bad race this year and his record at Churchill Downs wasn’t hidden by any means,” Foley joked.

          Bango will once again be ridden by leading rider Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard for his win in the Aristides. The duo will break from post No. 5.

          Also entered in the Kelly’s Landing is last year’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) winner Aloha West. Owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and trained by Wayne Catalano, Aloha West has not found the winner’s circle since his 11-1 upset win in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint. Aloha West made his first start of the year in the $750,000 Churchill Downs presented by Ford (GI) where he finished third behind Jackie’s Warrior and Reinvestment Risk. In his last start, Aloha West stretched out to one mile in the $1 million Metropolitan Handicap (GI) but was a well-beaten fourth behind Flightline’s romping six-length victory. Joel Rosario will have the mount from post 4.

          Here’s the complete field for the Aristides from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Awesome Gerry (Gerardo Corrales, Saffie Joseph Jr.); Heart Rhythm (Giovani Franco, Trisha Duncan); Kneedeepinsnow (Ricardo Santana Jr., Matt Shirer); Aloha West (Rosario, Catalano); Bango (Gaffalione, Foley); Bob’s Edge (Gabriel Saez, Larry Jones); Startdfromdabottom (Rafael Bejarano, John Ennis); A C Expressway (Florent Geroux, Norm Casse); and Miles Ahead (Joe Talamo, Paul McGee).

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

STEPHEN FOSTER DAY CARD TO FEATURE ALL-STAKES PICK 5 IN RACES 6-10 – Saturday’s 12-race Stephen Foster Day program will feature an all-stakes Pick 5 in Races 6-10 that culminates with the $750,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II).

          The all-stakes Pick 5 is one of three Pick 5 wagers Saturday. The early sequence will cover Races 1-5 and the late sequence will span Races 8-12. The 50-cent based wager has a 15% takeout.

          The all-stakes Pick 5 sequence will begin at 3:23 p.m. with the $200,000 Tepin followed by the $200,000 American Derby (Listed). In Race 8’s $350,000 Fleur de Lis, 2020 Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) winner Shedaresthedevil will face Grade I winner Pauline’s Pearl and recent 14 ¼-length Allaire DuPont Distaff (GIII) heroine Super Quick. Race 9 will feature the $160,000 Kelly’s Landing with a matchup between the 2021 Breeders’ Cup Sprint (GI) hero Aloha West and seven-time Churchill Downs winner Bango. The sequence will end with the Stephen Foster where 2021 Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) winner Mandaloun will face top older horse Olympiad.

          Wagering is available on, the official wagering provider of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

STAKES PROBABLES – Here are the probable entrants to the five stakes that will be held on the closing two days of the Spring Meet, according to Churchill Downs Assistant Racing Secretary and Stakes Coordinator Dan Bork:

·        $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes on Sunday, July 3 at one mile for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up: Hendy Woods (Mark Casse).

·        $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes on Sunday, July 3 at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds: My Prankster (Todd Pletcher). Possible: Conagher (Mike Tomlinson).

·        $175,000 Bashford Manor (Listed) on Monday, July 4 at six furlongs for 2-year-olds: Andthewinneris (Wayne Catalano); Fit to Fly (Larry Rivelli); Mr. Gordy (John Hancock); and Simply Super (Mike Maker).

·        $175,000 Debutante (Listed) on Monday, July 4 at six furlongs for 2-year-old fillies: Crackalacking (Sarah Hamilton); Devious Dame (Norm Casse): Motown Mischief (Tim Hamm); and Summer Promise (D. Wayne Lukas).

·        $175,000 Hanshin presented by the JRA (Listed) on Monday, July 4 at one mile for 4-year-olds and up: Awesome Gerry (Saffie Joseph Jr.); Necker Island (Chris Hartman); and Runnin Ray (Joe Sharp). Possible: Candy Tycoon (Norm Casse); and Plainsman (Brad Cox).

Entries for Sunday and Monday’s cards will be drawn Thursday.

CHURCHILL DOWNS TO HOST JOCKEYS & JEANS STEPHEN FOSTER DAY – Churchill Downs will partner with Jockeys & Jeans for a public benefit toward the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund on July 2 as part of Stephen Foster Day.

          Jockeys & Jeans will host more than 25 retired jockeys for their event including Hall of Famers Braulio BaezaBill BolandDon BrumfieldSteve CauthenPat DayEarlie FiresSandy HawleyJulie KroneChris McCarronCraig PerretLaffit Pincay Jr., Edgar PradoJose Santos and Gary Stevens.

          Fans will be able to meet those riders and more with an autograph session in the Plaza from 3-4:15 p.m. There also will be a silent auction in the second floor of the Clubhouse beginning at 11:45 a.m. Admission gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and first post is 12:45 p.m.

          Guests can also purchase a ticket to the Jockeys & Jeans private event in the Triple Crown Room that includes a buffet lunch, autographed Jockeys & Jeans poster and a meet and greet with Hall of Fame jockeys and fallen riders. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at

          Jockeys & Jeans was founded by a group of former jockeys who wanted to honor the courage of those who suffered catastrophic injuries on the racetrack. The event will host several riders who were permanently injured on the racetrack such as Gary BirzerStacy BurtonJack FiresArmando Rivera and Mike Straight.

          For more information about Jockeys & Jeans, visit

CHURCHILL DOWNS LIVE AVAILABLE ON SMART TVs – The Churchill Downs LIVE app is available free of charge on streaming services such as Amazon, Apple TV and Roku. Fans can download the Churchill Downs LIVE app for full access to a free HD live stream of the Churchill Downs simulcast signal and three additional angles including the saddling paddock.

          Fans will get analysis each race day from host Joe Kristufek who will be joined alongside expert handicappers Kaitlin FreeJames ScullyScott Shapiro and Brandon Stauble.

          Wagering is available on, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated and the Kentucky Derby.

STAKES BONANZA – Closing weekend at Churchill Downs will feature 10 stakes races cumulatively worth more than $2.5 million (five on Saturday totaling $1.66 million; two on Sunday at $320,000; and three on Monday worth $525,000).

FOSTER FIELD AT A GLANCE – Combined, the seven Stephen Foster entrants have won 35 of their 97 starts (36.1%), including 15 stakes events, and $6.7 million. Mandaloun (Kentucky Derby and Haskell) and Americanrevolution (Cigar Mile) are Grade I winners. Last Samurai (Oaklawn Handicap) and Olympiad (New Orleans Classic and Alysheba) are Grade II winners. Olympiad is ranked No. 5 on the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll behind FlightlineCountry GrammerLife Is Good and Jackie’s Warrior.

FOSTER WIN AND YOU’RE IN – The 41st running of the $750,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) is part of the Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Series. The winner of the 1 1/8-mile race for 4-year-olds and up will earn a spot in the starting gate for the $6 million Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) at Keeneland Race Course on Saturday, Nov. 5. Also, the winner’s entry fees to the Classic will be paid and will receive a travel stipend if based outside the state of Kentucky. The Foster is the first domestic “Win and You’re In” prep race for the Classic, and has been a part of the “Win and You’re In” series since 2013. Four horses have won the Stephen Foster and the Breeders’ Cup Classic in the same year. Black Tie Affair (1991) and Awesome Again (1998) won both races at Churchill Downs. Saint Liam (2005) won his running of the Classic at Belmont Park. Gun Runner (2017) won his Classic at Del Mar. Additionally, Fort Larned won the Classic in 2012 at Santa Anita and returned to his home base to win the 2013 Stephen Foster.

HORSE OF THE YEAR – Four horses used victories in the Stephen Foster as part of their résumés in Horse of the Year campaigns: Black Tie Affair (1991), Saint Liam (2005), Curlin (2008) and Gun Runner (2017). In addition, two Foster runner-ups were crowned Horse of the Year: Mineshaft (2003) and Wise Dan (2012).

FOSTER ON NBC – Saturday’s $750,000 Stephen Foster (Grade II) will be televised live nationally on NBC from 4-6 p.m. ET as part of the 2022 “Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series: Win and You’re In – presented by America’s Best Racing” television schedule. Saturday’s telecast is the second of nine live programs across NBC, CNBC and Peacock featuring 18 automatic qualifying races on the road to the 39th Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held Nov. 4-5 at Keeneland Race Course. Other races to be televised on NBC include the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (GII) and $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes (Listed).

FOSTER STAKES RECORD – Victory Gallop owns the stakes and track record for 1 1/8 miles of 1:47.28 established in 1999.

FOSTER JOCKEYS – Pat Day and Robby Albarado have won the Stephen Foster three times to lead all riders. Day’s Foster victories came in 1985 (Vanlandingham), 1998 (Awesome Again) and 2003 (Perfect Drift). Albarado won the race three consecutive years in 2007 (Flashy Bull), 2008 (Curlin) and 2009 (Macho Again).

FOSTER TRAINERS – Seven trainers have won the Stephen Foster twice: Forrest Kaelin (1982-83 with Vodika Collins); Jere Smith Jr. (1994-95 with Recoup The Cash); Pat Byrne (1997-98 with City by Night and Awesome Again); Mark Casse (2011 with Pool Play and 2015 with Noble Bird); Steve Asmussen (2008 with Curlin and 2017 with Gun Runner); Dallas Stewart (2009 with Macho Again and 2019 with Seeking the Soul); and Al Stall Jr. (2010 with Blame and 2020 with Tom’s d’Etat).

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