Early Look: See probables for Stephen Foster, 10 other stakes

Early Look: See probables for Stephen Foster, 10 other stakes
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Two of the top older horses in the country, 2021 Kentucky Derby winner Mandaloun along with recent Grade 2, $500,000 Alysheba Stakes victor Olympiad, are likely to be the headliners of the Grade 2, $750,000 Stephen Foster on Saturday, July 2 at Churchill Downs.

The 1 1/8-mile Stephen Foster is the headlining event of next Saturday afternoon’s stakes bonanza from the Louisville racetrack. The program also will include the $350,000 Fleur de Lis (G2), $350,000 Wise Dan (G2), $200,000 American Derby, $200,000 Tepin and the $160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes.

On Sunday, July 3, Churchill Downs will host the $160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes and the $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes. The Spring Meet will close Monday, July 4 with the $175,000 Bashford Manor, $175,000 Debutante and $175,000 Hanshin.

Here are the known probable entrants to all 11 stakes, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork:

$750,000 Stephen Foster (G2) on Saturday, July 2 at 1 1/8 miles for 4-year-olds and up, a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Classic event: Americanrevolution (trainer Todd Pletcher); Last Samurai (D. Wayne Lukas); Mandaloun (Brad Cox); Olympiad (Bill Mott); Proxy (Mike Stidham); and Title Ready (Dallas Stewart).

2022 Stephen Foster (G2)

$350,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) on Saturday July 2 at 1 1/8 miles for fillies and mares 4-year-olds and up: Ava’s Grace (Robertino Diodoro); Pauline’s Pearl (Steve Asmussen); She’s All Wolfe (Donnie K. Von Hemel); Shedaresthedevil (Brad Cox); Super Quick (Norm Casse); and Will’s Secret (D. Wayne Lukas).

2022 Fleur de Lis (G2)

$350,000 Wise Dan (G2) on Saturday, July 2 at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 4-year-olds and up: Atone (Mike Maker); Cavalry Charge (Dallas Stewart); and Somelikeithotbrown (Mike Maker).

$200,000 American Derby on Saturday, July 2 at 1 1/16 miles on turf for 3-year-olds: Grand Sonata (Todd Pletcher); Kitodan (Eric Forster); and Ready to Purrform (Brad Cox).

$200,000 Tepin on Saturday, July 2 at one mile on turf for 3-year-old fillies: Beside Herself (Todd Pletcher); Distorted Secrets (Carl Deville); and Zawish (Helen Pitts-Blasi).

$160,000 Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes on Saturday, July 2 at 6 ½ furlongs for 3-year-olds and up: Bango (Greg Foley); and Startdfromdabottom (John Ennis).

$160,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes on Sunday, July 3 at one mile on turf 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 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 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 on Monday, July 4 at one mile for 4-year-olds and up: Possible: Candy Tycoon (Norm Casse).

Turf racing for the next weekend’s stakes events is scheduled to be conducted in lane No. 1 and lane No. 2, 12 feet from the inside rail. Entries for Saturday’s card will be drawn Wednesday while Sunday and Monday’s cards will be drawn Thursday.

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