The undefeated 2-year-old filly Thorpedo Anna will return on just two weeks' rest and face a field of eight hopefuls for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks who were entered in Saturday’s 80th running of the $400,000 Golden Rod (G2) at Churchill Downs.
The Golden Rod is one of four stakes on Saturday's program, which will feature all 2-year-old races. The 1 1/16-mile event was carded as race 10 at 5:27 p.m. EST and is the co-featured event along with the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) for open company. The other two stakes on the program are the $225,000 Ed Brown and $225,000 Fern Creek.
Trained by Kenny McPeek for owners Brookdale Racing and Mark Edwards, Thorpedo Anna dominated the first two races of her young career. In her maiden-breaking performance at Keeneland, she rallied from five lengths off the early pace and stormed home to an 8 1/2-length win. Two weeks later, Thorpedo Anna returned in a first-level allowance contest at Churchill Downs where she cruised to a nine-length win and earned a stout 90 Brisnet speed rating. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will retain the mount for the Golden Rod and the duo will break from post no. 8.
Another top prospect entered in the Golden Rod is fellow undefeated filly West Sunset, who recently upset the Rags to Riches at odds of 7-1. Trained by Brad Cox and owned by Gary and Mary West, West Sunset debuted during the september meet at Churchill Downs where she won at first asking by a neck in a maiden special weight. She returned six weeks later in the Rags to Riches where she defeated four rivals by 6 3/4 lengths over the sloppy surface. Jockey Flavien Prat will return to ride West Sunset in the Golden Rod from post no. 7.