Dunbar Road set for 2020 debut in Churchill's Shawnee

Dunbar Road set for 2020 debut in Churchill's Shawnee
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A Grade 1-winning filly from the Chad Brown barn is among the early probable entrants for Churchill Downs’ Stephen Foster Preview Day card, which will feature five stakes races next Saturday.

Dunbar Road, winner of Belmont Park’s Mother Goose Stakes (G2) and Saratoga’s Alabama Stakes (G1) in 2019, is scheduled to make her 4-year-old bow in the $100,000 Shawnee Stakes. That event for fillies and mares will go 1 1/16 miles on the main track and is a local prep for the June 27 Fleur de Lis (G2).

Brown originally planned for the daughter of Quality Road to make her first 2020 start in the La Troienne Stakes (G1) on the Kentucky Oaks card. That event, along with all of Churchill’s other Derby week staples, was pushed to September.

Dunbar Road followed up her two graded New York triumphs with a third-place effort last October facing older females in Keeneland’s Spinster Stakes (G1). The Shawnee will mark her first start since running fifth at Santa Anita Park in November’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff.

The $100,000 Blame Stakes will offer a look at older horses aiming for Churchill’s traditional June showcase, the $500,000 Stephen Foster (G2) on June 27. Mr. Money and Owendale are among the graded winners who’ll go one mile in the Blame.

The $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes (G3) runs May 23 as a Road to the Kentucky Derby event paying out points on a 50-20-10-5 basis to the top four finishers. Maxfield, winner of last October’s Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, is set to make his first sophomore start in the 1 1/16-mile Matt Winn.

Also on the Stephen Foster Preview Day card are the $100,000 War Chant for 3-year-olds at one-mile on turf and $100,000 Tepin for 3-year-old fillies at one-mile on turf.

Here’s a look at early probable entrants according to Churchill Downs’ assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork (with trainers):

     $150,000 Matt Winn (G3): Crypto Cash (Kenny McPeek); Major Fed (Greg Foley); Max Player (Linda Rice); Maxfield (Brendan Walsh); Necker Island (Stanley Hough); Pneumatic (Steve Asmussne); Shake Some Action (Brad Cox).

     $100,000 Blame: Alwaysmining (Kelly Rubley); Backyard Heaven (Mike Maker); Bourbon Resolution (Ian Wilkes); Global Campaign (Hough); Long Range Toddy (Dallas Stewart); Mr. Money (Bret Calhoun); Owendale (Cox); Wind of Change (Efren Loza Jr.).

    $100,000 Shawnee: Awe Emma (Stewart); Dunbar Road (Chad Brown); Motion Emotion (Richard Baltas).

    $100,000 Tepin: Abscond (Eddie Kenneally); Dominga (Cox); Heir of Light (Norm Casse); Jezebel’s Kitten (Cox); Outburst (Kenneally); Pass the Plate (Paul McGee); Queen of God (Maker); Sharing (Graham Motion).

     $100,000 War Chant: Fenwick Station (Kenneally); Field Pass (Maker); Hieronymus (Cox); Shared Sense (Cox); Street Ready (Wilkes); Turned Aside (Rice).

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