Churchill Downs: Syndergaard To Face Seven In William Walker Stakes Opening Night

by | 04.26.2017 | 4:57pm
Syndergaard (right) just missed to Practical Joke in the G1 Champagne

Eric Fein, Christopher McKenna, Harris Fein, Guri Singh and Jerry Walia's Syndergaard headlines a field of seven 3-year-olds entered Wednesday for the third running of the $100,000 William Walker, the highlight of Opening Night presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester at Churchill Downs.

Saturday's 11-race program that begins at 6 p.m. (all times Eastern), will kick off the 38-day Spring Meet that will be highlighted by the 143rd runnings of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (Grade I) on May 6 and the $1 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI) on May 5.

The William Walker, contested at six furlongs on the main track, will go as the ninth race with a 10:11 p.m. post time.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Syndergaard will be making his first start since finishing fifth in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile (GI) at Santa Anita on Nov. 5. John Velazquez will have the mount on Syndergaard and break from post position one.

The field for the William Walker, from the rail out, is: Syndergaard (Velazquez, 118 pounds), Capture the Glory (Dick Cardenas, 118), En Hanse (Julien Leparoux, 120), The Money Monster (Jose Lezcano, 118), Classic Cotton (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Conquest Wildcat (Corey Lanerie, 118) and Silver Bullion (Florent Geroux, 118).

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