Ray Francis, Cindy and Larry Jones, Medallion Racing and MyRaceHorse Stable's $1 million Cotillion Stakes (Grade I) winner Street Band returned to Churchill Downs Sunday at 8:30 a.m. following her 2 ¼-length score at Parx Saturday.
Street Band rallied from nearly 10 lengths back of early pace-setting Jaywalk and passed heavy favorite Guarana in late stretch to not only record the biggest victory in her young career but also gave her jockey Sophie Doyle her first Grade I score.
“It is an absolute thrill for all of the owners involved with (Street Band),” said Doyle, who will shift her tack to Keeneland next month. “I couldn't be more proud of this filly. I'm so thankful for (owner/trainer) Larry Jones to have the faith in us to get to the top. Now, it's on to the Breeders' Cup.”
By winning the Cotillion, Street Band earned a berth to the $2 million Longines Breeders' Cup Distaff held Nov. 2 at Santa Anita. The five-time winner is based in Jones' Barn 28 at Churchill Downs.
Also returning to Churchill Downs Sunday morning from Parx was Allied Racing Stable's $1 million Pennsylvania Derby (GI) runner-up Mr. Money, who could not hold off the late charge of Math Wizard in the 1 1/8-mile race. Assistant trainer Tom Morgan reported all was well with the Goldencents colt and his next race plans remain in flux.
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