$80,000 Street Sense Headlines Opening Day at Churchill
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Sun 01/11/2015 - 17:21 EST
Opening day of the Churchill Downs fall meeting kicks off with the $80,000 Street Sense for two year-olds going a flat mile.
The original 7/2 morning line favorite, Siding Spring, opted to run in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile at Keeneland on October 31 where he finished tenth. Favoritism will likely go to Tom’s Ready or Discreetness, both of whom were listed at 4/1 on the original morning line odds. Tom’s Ready, trained by Dallas Stewart, broke his maiden last out in career start number three, defeating maiden special weight foes September 26 at Churchill. Prior to that effort, the Pennsylvania bred son of More Than Ready ran fifth in the Grade 1 Hopeful September 7 at Saratoga despite entering the race as a maiden. Brian Hernandez will ride breaking from post 6.
Discreetness goes for first stakes score
Discreetness has a pair of wins under his belt in three starts for trainer William Fires, breaking his maiden August 6 on the Polytrack at Arlington Park and returning to defeat allowance foes September 12 at Churchill while proving his ability to handle a conventional dirt surface. Sandwiched between those wins, Discreetness finished sixth in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity August 22. Jon Court gets the call breaking from post 3.
Shogood tries dirt
At 9/2, Shogood won the Arlington-Washington Futurity, but has yet to race over conventional dirt, making three starts at Arlington. The Scott Becker trainee has not raced since the August 22 stakes win and has two wins in three starts to go with a second-place effort in his debut.
The Grade 2 $1.25 million Pennsylvania Derby features the two biggest names from the Triple Crown trail September 24 at Parx as a field of 12 gathers in one of the most intriguing betting races of the year.
The $1 million Cotillion Stakes September 24 at Parx features a true clash of the titans as the six-horse field is headlined by the undefeated, five-time grade 1 winner Songbird who figures to face the most stern challenge of her career.
In a completely wide open renewal of the Presque Isle Mile September 18 at Presque Isle Downs, 13 runners including the also-eligible will contest the eight furlong trip over synthetic footing.
Champion Songbird is set to make her much-anticipated return to the races in the $200,000 Summertime Oaks at Santa Anita on Saturday. The Grade 2 event will be run at a mile and a sixteenth and has attracted a field of seven.