Calumet Farm’s Bravazo and G M B Racing’s Lone Sailor, the second and third place finishers, respectively, in the $500,000 Breeders’ Futurity (Grade I) at Keeneland, are set for a rematch in the $80,000-added Street Sense Overnight Stakesopening day card at Churchill Downs’ 21-day Fall Meet.
Billed as “Stars of Tomorrow I,” each of11 races is for 2-year-olds. Admission gates will open at and the first race is
The one-mile Street Sense, one of four stakes races on the juvenile showcase day, is carded as Race 10 at approximately(all times Eastern). The undercard also includes the $80,000-added Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes for fillies, $200,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Stallion Stakes, and $200,000 Spendthrift Juvenile Filly Stallion Stakes.
The quartet of stakes serve as local steppingstones to the pair of Grade II, $200,000, 1 1/16-mile races on the“Stars of II” program – the open Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod for fillies that are part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks series which award points to the Top 4 finishers (10-4-2-1).
Bravazo, a 2-year-old colt by Awesome Again trained by Hall of Fame conditioner D. Wayne Lukas, broke his maiden by 4 ¾ lengths at Churchill Downs on. The homebred attempted graded-stakes company for the first time in the Oct. 7 Breeders’ Futurity and tired after making up ground from just off the pace to finish second, four lengths back of Free Drop Billy, one of the top contenders in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI).
The chief rival to Bravazo could be Lone Sailor, who finished 2 ½ lengths behind Bravazo in the Breeders’ Futurity. Trained by Tom Amoss, the 2-year-old colt by Majestic Warrior was an 11-length maiden victor at Saratoga onover the listed “sloppy” racetrack.
The Street Sense is named after James Tafel’s homebred winner of the 2007 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI). The colt earned $4.3 million in 13 races that included six victories, four seconds and two thirds.
The Street Sense Field from the rail out (with jockey): Twin Farms (Ricardo Santana Jr.); Netas (Julien Leparoux); Rubus(Joe Rocco Jr.); Ebben (James Graham); Renaisance Frolic (Jose Batista); Bravazo (Jon Court); Gotta Go (Chris Landeros); Honorable Treasure (Robby Albarado); Lone Sailor (Florent Geroux); and Souper Smart (Corey Lanerie).
All horses will tote 118 pounds except Renaisance Frolic who will carry 122.
The 128th Fall Meet will feature 21 days of racing over a four-week stretch through. After opening day program, racing will be conducted on a -Sunday schedule with dark days on Mondays and Tuesdays. Most programs will feature 10 races with admission gates opening at and the first race at Eleven-race programs are scheduled for opening day, , and there will be 12-race cards over the final four days of the meet ( ). There are special first race post times on three dates: Friday, Nov. 3 ( ); ( ) and the Thanksgiving Day card on ( ).
Overnight purses for the Fall Meet have skyrocketed 30 percent over the last five years. The average purse for an overnight race in 2012 – the year before the debut of Churchill Downs’ September Meet – was $32,672. The average purse per overnight race in this year’s condition book is $42,379. The prize money for maiden special weights is $60,000 compared to $50,000 five years ago. Allowance purses will range from $62,000 to $72,000 compared to $52,000 to $58,000 in 2012. All other overnight races have benefited from purse increases, as well.
Source: Churchill Downs publicity