Louisville-born trainer Dale Romans will be looking for his first victory in the Stephen Foster Handicap when he saddles Zayat Stable’s veteran Prayer for Relief
in the race. The runner-up to
Revolutionary in the Pimlico Special and a multiple stakes winner is
another millionaire in the Foster field with career earnings of
$1,682,413. Hall of Famer John Velazquez will travel to Churchill Downs to ride Prayer for Relief, who will break from
the outside post and carry 118 pounds.
Moonshine Mullin, who was claimed last year by owner Randy Patterson and trainer Randy Morse
for $40,000 late last year, will attempt to make the Foster his second
consecutive major stakes victory
after his surprise triumph in the Alysheba. The son of Albert the Great
carries a four-race winning streak and will break from post three under
Hall of Fame jockey Calvin Borel.
Another Stephen Foster contender is Godolphin Racing’s Long River, who seeks his first graded stakes triumph after running a close second to Romansh in the Excelsior (GIII) at Aqueduct last
time out. A Stephen Foster win by the son of A.P. Indy would be the second for both trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who took the race in 2007 with Flashy Bull, and Godolphin, which won the 2002 Foster with Street Cry. Jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
will ride Long River, who drew post eight and will carry 115 pounds.
Rounding out the field is John D. Gunther and Eurowest Bloodstock Services’ Jaguar Paw, who ran fifth to Will Take Charge in last fall’s Clark Handicap. The Stephen Lyster-trained son
of Giant’s Causeway will break from post two under Shaun Bridgmohan and will carry 114 pounds.
The field for the Stephen
Foster Handicap (with jockey, weight, morning line odds) from the rail
out includes: Revolutionary (Smith, 118, 2-1), Jaguar Paw (Bridgmohan,
114, 30-1), Moonshine Mullin (Borel, 118. 10-1),
Will Take Charge (Stevens, 123. 5-2), Mylute (Graham, 115, 12-1),
Departing (Albarado, 118, 9-2), Golden Ticket (Leparoux, 117, 8-1), Long
River (Ortiz Jr., 115. 15-1) and Prayer for Relief (Velazquez, 117,