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Olympiad, Mandaloun Expected to Lead Stephen Foster

The 2021 Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (G1) winner Mandaloon is expected to face one of the sharpest horses in the country in Olympiad in the $750,000 Stephen Foster Stakes (G2) at Churchill Downs July 2.

Grandview Equine, Cheyenne Stable, LNJ Foxwoods’ Olympiad is 4-for-4 this year, with the 4-year-old Speightstown colt first taking an allowance optional claimer and adding three stakes victories—the Mineshaft Stakes (G3), the New Orleans Classic Stakes (G2), and the Alysheba Stakes Presented by Sentient Jet (G2). The Alysheba came at Churchill on Kentucky Oaks Day, May 6, for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

Juddmonte’s Mandaloun is unraced since finishing ninth in the Saudi Cup (G1) at King Abdulaziz Racecourse Feb. 26. Prior to that, he had won the Louisiana Stakes (G3) Jan. 22 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in his 4-year-old debut for trainer Brad Cox.

Last year at 3, the son of Into Mischief recorded four stakes victories, two by disqualification, including the Derby, which he took upon the disqualification of Bob Baffert-trained Medina Spirit for the prohibited raceday presence of betamethasone.

According to Churchill Downs, americanrevolution , Last Samurai , Proxy and Title Ready are other early candidates for the 1 1/8-mile race, a “Win and You’re In” challenge race for the Longines Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1) this fall at Keeneland. Entries are June 29.

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Trainer Todd Pletcher said China Horse Club’s and WinStar Farm’s grade 1 winner Americanrevolution should improve off his comebacking fourth-place finish to victorious stablemate DynamicOne last out in the June 4 Blame Stakes at Churchill Downs.

“It was maybe a better race than it looks on paper. He was pretty wide on both turns—figure-wise, it came back solid,” Pletcher said. “I think he took all the worst of it there off the layoff and adjusted schedule late. He should be ready to make a move forward.”

The $350,000 Fleur de Lis Stakes (G2) for older fillies and mares and $350,000 Wise Dan Stakes (G2T), an open race for older horses, are the richest of the supporting races on the program. The Fleur de Lis is expected to be led by Pauline’s Pearl and shedaresthedevil and the Wise Dan by Sluggish , Cavalry Charge and Somelikeithotbrown based on probable starters released by Churchill Downs assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork. The Fleur de Lis is at 1 1/8 miles on dirt, and the Wise Dan is scheduled at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

Churchill Downs has not run on its grass course, replaced last year and introduced for racing this spring, since June 10 when the track announced June 11 a suspension of turf racing of more than two weeks, which followed a June 10 equine fatality during turf racing . The course needed time to develop its root system and become more robust, according to a statement from Churchill Downs president Mike Anderson.

A Friday release from Churchill Downs indicated next weekend’s turf stakes events are scheduled to be conducted in lane 1 and lane 2 of the grass course.

Following Stephen Foster Day, Churchill Downs winds down its spring meet with the $160,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes and Anchorage Overnight Stakes July 3 before staging the $175,000 Bashford Manor Stakes, the $175,000 Debutante Stakes, and the $175,000 Hanshin Presented by the JRA July 4.

The Bashford Manor and Debutante are six-furlong races for 2-year-olds with the Debutante restricted to fillies. andthewinneris , Fit to Fly ; Mr Gordy and Simply Super are probable starters for the Bashford Manor, while Cracking , Devious Dame , Motown Mischief and summer promise are expected to head the Debutante.


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