of the seven Breeders’ Cup champions with Churchill Downs ties will be paraded
at the home of the Kentucky Derby between races on Sunday.
Fink’s Wise Dan (Mile), Janis Whitham’s Fort Larned (Classic),
Fred and “Buff” Bradley, Carl Hurst and Brent Burns’ Groupie Doll (Filly
& Mare Sprint), Priscilla Vaccarezza’s Little Mike (Turf) and
Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Tapizar (Dirt Mile) will be paraded at Churchill
Downs with horses running in Sunday’s eighth race. Post time for the race is
scheduled for 4:06 p.m. ET.
Breeders’ Cup champions will walk from the barn area, parade in front of the
Churchill Downs grandstand and then head to the Paddock where they will remain
during the running of the race. The connections for each horse – the owners,
breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable assistants – will be saluted, as well.
will be a unique opportunity for our loyal fans to salute their hometown
heroes,” said Kevin Flanery, president of Churchill Downs Racetrack. “We
couldn’t be more proud of our Kentucky champions, and their achievements
authenticate the quality of racing at Churchill Downs and the Commonwealth’s
signature horse racing and breeding industry. We owe a tremendous amount of gratitude
to their owners and trainers for their cooperation in making this one-of-a-kind
event come together. Our ‘Parade of Breeders’ Cup Champions’ is sure to be a
marvelous event and will make lasting memories for their legion of fans.”
Dan, based in Lexington with trainer Charlie Lopresti, will van up from
Keeneland for the ceremony. All others are stabled at Churchill Downs.
Sprint winner Hightail, owned by Brad Kelley’s Bluegrass Hall, also is
stabled at Churchill Downs but is unable to partake in the ceremony. The
2-year-old is a naturally high-strung colt, according to trainer D. Wayne
Lukas, and is being prepared for the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot a week
later on Nov. 17.
Stables’ Royal Delta is another horse with Churchill Downs ties unable
to join the parade because she is stabled with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott’s
string in New York. The 4-year-old filly won the Ladies’ Classic at Churchill
Downs last fall and returned to Louisville this spring for a 9 ½-length romp in
the Fleur de Lis (GII).
first of Sunday’s 10-race Veterans Day program is 12:40 p.m. ET. General
admission is $3, but all United States veterans and active military will
receive free general admission in honor of the holiday.