Saturday night's Downs After Dark Presented by Budweiser 11-race program at Churchill Downs is highlighted by the $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (GII) and $250,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Budweiser (GII). Both races are part of the Breeders' Cup “Win and You're In” Challenge Series. The winner of the Stephen Foster receives an automatic berth to the Nov. 2 Breeders' Cup Classic while the Fleur de Lis victor receives a starting gate spot in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Along with the Stephen Foster and Fleur de Lis, the 11-race card offers three other graded stakes events for Thoroughbreds and a Grade I event for Arabians.
Below are the known probable entrants for the six stakes races, according to Churchill Downs assistant racing secretary and stakes coordinator Dan Bork (note: race order is tentative and subject to change):
Race 5 (8:03 p.m. ET) – $150,000 Matt Winn (Grade III), 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles, 22nd running
Probable (with trainer): Armistice Day (Tommy Drury); Cashanova (Brad Cox); Knicks Go (Ben Colebrook); Mr. Money (Bret Calhoun); and Signalman (Kenny McPeek)
Race 6 (8:37 p.m. ET) – $250,000 Wise Dan (Grade II), 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles on turf, 30th running
Probable (with trainer): Admission Office (Brian Lynch); All Right (John Ortiz); Bourbon Resolution (Ian Wilkes); El Picaro (CHI) (IgnacioCorreas IV); First Premio (Mark Casse); Hembree (Mike Maker); Itsinthepost (FR) (Jeff Mullins); Mr. Misunderstood (Brad Cox); Parlor (Eddie Kenneally); and Siem Riep (Ben Colebrook)
Race 7 (9:12 p.m. ET) – $250,000 Fleur de Lis Presented by Budweiser (Grade II), fillies and mares, 1 1/8 miles, 44th running
Probable (with trainer): Auspicious Babe (Dallas Stewart); Blue Prize (ARG) (Ignacio Correas IV); Elate (Bill Mott); Go Google Yourself (Paul McGee); Red Ruby (Kellyn Gorder); She's a Julie (Steve Asmussen); and Skeptic (Rusty Arnold II)
Race 8 (9:47 p.m. ET) – $600,000 Stephen Foster Presented by GE Appliances (Grade II), 3-year-olds and up, 1 1/8 miles, 38thrunning
Probable (with trainer): Alkhaatam (Danny Peitz); Draft Pick (Peter Eurton); Exulting (Mike Maker); Gift Box (John Sadler); King Zachary (Graham Motion); Quip (Rodolphe Brisset); Rated R Superstar (Cipriano Contreras); Seeking the Soul (Dallas Stewart); Silver Dust (Bret Calhoun); Thirstforlife (Wes Hawley); Tom's d'Etat (Al Stall Jr.); and Yoshida (JPN) (Bill Mott)
Race 9 (10:19 p.m. ET) – $150,000 Regret (Grade III), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/8 miles on turf, 50th running
Probable (with trainer): Belle Laura (Norm Casse); Choate Bridge (Brendan Walsh); Fortunate Girl (Mark Casse); Gamblin Train (Buff Bradley); Hard Legacy (Norm Casse); La Feve (FR) (Graham Motion); Princesa Carolina (Kenny McPeek); She'sonthewarpath (Steve Margolis); and Winter Sunset (Wayne Catalano)
Race 10 (10:48 p.m. ET) – $100,000 President of the UAE Cup Sponsored by the UAE Ministry of Presidential Affairs (Grade I), Arabian 4-year-olds and up, 1 1/16 miles, 7th running at Churchill Downs
Nominations (with trainer): Bellfastt (Fenneka T. Bentley); Big Ben AA (Jerenesto Torrez); Dahesstiny MC (Bentley); Dance With Me BW (Torrez); Easter Man (Torrez); Madjikman (Bentley); Mizzdora (Jeremias Castro); Paddys Day (Leonie Seesing); Quick and Rich (Lynn A. Ashby); R B Kindle (Russell Vicchrilli); RB Nash (Torrez); RB Texas Hold Em (Nicole Ruggeri); Risky Red (Seesing); Southerland (Ruggeri);Thess Is Awesome (Ashby); and Uptown Cruisedirector (Ashby)
Entries will be taken and post positions will be drawn Wednesday.
The Stephen Foster is the richest of six graded stakes races on Saturday's special 11-race night racing card that begins at 6 p.m. Total purses on the evening total $1.93 million, which makes it the most lucrative racing day for horsemen at Churchill Downs outside of the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks programs.
Saturday night's card will feature an all-stakes Pick 5 in Races 5-9 and an all-stakes Pick 4 in Races 6-9. In total, there will be three Pick 5 wagers (Races 1-5, 5-9, and 7-11) and three Pick 4 wagers (Races 2-5, 6-9, and 8-11).
Along with the spectacular racing program, the evening will feature a New Orleans-style theme with various street performers and a Jackson Square-style marketplace in the Plaza featuring local artists and Churchill Downs merchandise. The Plaza Stage entertainment will be the Dirty Dozen Brass Band – the popular New Orleans-based band that takes the foundation of brass band music and incorporates a blend of genres including Bebop Jazz, Funk and R&B/Soul.
Also, the connections of Country House – owners Mrs. J.V. Shields Jr., E. J. M. McFadden Jr. and Larry, Nancy and Jaime Roth'sLNJ Foxwoods; Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott; and jockey Flavien Prat – will receive their engraved Kentucky Derby 145 trophies in a special Woodford Reserve Winner' Circle ceremony following the third race, which is scheduled for 6:56 p.m.
Fans in attendance at Churchill Downs on Saturday will be able to take pictures with the engraved Kentucky Derby trophies just inside the Paddock Gate from 5-6:30 p.m.
NBCSN will televise three live races from 8:30-10 p.m. as part of its 2019 “Breeders' Cup Challenge Series: Win and You're In presented by America's Best Racing” television schedule. NBCSN's onsite team will include Randy Moss, Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey, Donna Brothers, Britney Eurton and Matt Bernier.
Also, TVG will have live on-track updates throughout the night and Horse Racing Radio Network (HRRN) will air live coverage onSiriusXM 156 and online at HorseRacingRadio.net from 8-10 p.m.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.churchilldowns.com.
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