Envoutante rolls to dominant victory in Churchill's G2 Falls City

Envoutante rolls to dominant victory in Churchill's G2 Falls City
Photo: Coady Photography

Envoutante scored a dominant front-running victory in the $200,000 Falls City (G2) at Churchill Downs on Thursday.

The Kenny McPeek-trained 3-year-old filly earned her second straight stakes win following a tally in the Sept. 27 Remington Park Oaks (G3).

“She was 1-for-1 coming into this race over the Churchill track and I felt really confident,” McPeek said after the win. “Her workouts recently, she’d been going out there, just doing it easy and she was real happy.”

The Uncle Mo filly, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., broke well from the inside post position and went straight to the front. She never gave up the spot, breaking away late to win by six lengths.

“It was my first time on her for a race but I’ve worked her and worked against her before, too, with (Preakness Stakes winner) Swiss Skydiver,” Hernandez said. “She really kicked away from the field today and was very dominate. At the three-eighths pole I got her into the bit again and she just kicked away. "Riding for Kenny is easy," Hernandez added. "He didn’t really give a lot of instructions. When the gates opened, she put herself into a great spot.”

Envoutante went off the 5-2 second choice behind 4-5 favorite Bonny South. Bonny South, trained by Brad Cox, was bottled inside for much of the race, but did get up for second.

Owned by Walking L Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm, Envoutante is out of the Bluegrass Cat mare Enchante. She was purchased for $250,000 at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale

“We’ve had a really good year with Swiss Skydiver, but this filly, she’s not chopped liver,” McPeek said. “She’s a really good filly in her own right.”

Envoutante improved her record to 9: 4-1-2 with the $120,280 winner's share of the Falls City pushing her earnings to $336,028. 

Splits for the race were 24.25, 48.95, 1:13.21 and 1:37.15. The winning time was 1:49.11, the fastest time in the race since Silent Eskimo set the current record of 1:48.85 in 1999.

As for what comes next for the Envoutante, McPeek offered no hints.

“We’re not going to think past today right now,” McPeek said. “She’s traveled a lot this year, she looked super strong today.”

Envoutante returned $7.20 for the win.

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