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.
Iroquois and the $150,000-added Pocahontas (GII) for 2-year-old fillies share
the spotlight on the “Stars of Tomorrow I” program, which features racing
exclusively for 2-year-olds and kicks off the 21-day Fall Meet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).