Three Diamonds Farm’s Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Field Pass will move back to lawn as the headliner for Saturday’s $100,000 War Chant – a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds on “Stephen Foster Preview Day” at Churchill Downs.
The War Chant is one of five stakes events on the 11-race program Saturday at Churchill Downs.
First post is 1 p.m. ET with the War Chant going as the Race 11 finale at 6:16 p.m. Also on the card are the $150,000 Matt Winn (G3), $100,000 Blame, $100,000 Shawnee and $100,000 Tepin.
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Field Pass will shift from the synthetic Polytrack surface in Saturday’s race. Trained by Mike Maker, Field Pass captured the March 14 Jeff Ruby by a neck over the Wesley Ward-trained Invader. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid returned to Kentucky in February following his victory in Gulfstream Park’s Dania Beach.
Jose Ortiz will have the call in the War Chant from post No. 5.
Among the top challengers to Field Pass in the War Chant are Godolphin’s speedy Hieronymus, who captured the Randy Romero Memorial and Black Gold at Fair Grounds; Daniel Ryan’s Rushaway winner Vanzzy; and Cannon Thoroughbreds’ Cecil B. DeMille Stakes (G3) winner Smooth Like Strait.
Matthew Schera’s Kittens Joy (G3) winner Island Commish was supplemented to the War Chant field with a $2,000 payment at the time of entries on Wednesday.
Paco Lopez will ride the Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee from post 3.