Saturday night racing at Churchill Downs will feature the 44th running of the $150K Old Forester Mint Julep Stakes (G3), contested at one mile and one-sixteenth, over the Churchill Downs Turf, for Fillies and Mares, Four-years-old and upward. It comes at Race 9 with a Post Time of 10:11 PM ET.
Prominent among this field of eleven competitors is JULIET FOXTROT from the Brad Cox stable. She breaks from the second slot with Tyler Gaffalione aboard. The daughter of DANSILI comes in off of a brilliant win in the Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1), where she defeated the talented TAMAHERE by two lengths, and also MAXIM RATE, who came back recently to win Santa Anita's Gamely Stakes (G1). She'll be making just her second start of the year and has been training consistently at Churchill Downs for this assignment. Replay of the Jenny Wiley is shown below.
Brad Cox also sends out DOMINGA to complete his Mint Julep task force. She breaks from the sixth slot with Shaun Bridgemohan aboard. The daughter of Ghostzapper makes her third start off the layoff, hoping to redeem her sixth place finish in the Bewitched Stakes (G3), where she was the second favorite that day. That race was contested at twelve furlongs — a distance she was trying for the first time and maybe didn't care much for. Perhaps the cut back to shorter will suit her better. She broke her maiden at this same track and trip.
LASHARA from the Mark Casse stable could make things interesting. She breaks from the fifth-hole with Julien Leparoux aboard. She's a daughter of AMERICAN PHAROAH making her Churchill Downs debut, and she's at the top of her game, having set two new top speed figures in a row. In preparation for this race, she delivered a sharp workout at the Casse Training Center, going 4F in 48.20, indicating her readiness to compete.
If you're looking for a potential longshot, consider the trainer-jockey combo of Paulo H. Lobo and Joe Talamo, as they step their Brazillian runner, VEZPA, up in class. She won her U.S. debut at Churchill Downs last month at odds of 32-1 going one mile on the turf. She rallied from the back of the pack, swinging to sixth path down the stretch before wearing down the field down to win by a nose. The daughter of AGNES GOLD earned a decent 91 ESF for that effort, and hasn't missed a beat in training for this race.
Completing the field are: MINTD, HENDY WOODS, FLASH N' DANCE, TUNED, CRYSTAL BALL, SISTER HANAN, and SHE'SONTHEWARPATH.