Juveniles Henley’s Joy, Tracksmith Go Head-To-Head In Dixiana Bourbon Stakes

by | 10.04.2018 | 1:40pm
Henley's Joy (inside) prevailed after a stretch duel with Tracksmith in the Kentucky Downs Juvenile

Bloom Racing Stable's Henley's Joy and Calumet Farm's Tracksmith, who finished a head apart in last month's Kentucky Downs Juvenile going a mile, head a field of 14 plus one also-eligible entered Thursday for Sunday's 28th running of the $250,000 Dixiana Bourbon (G3) for 2-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

Slated as the eighth race on Sunday's 10-race program with a 5:10 p.m. ET post time, the Dixiana Bourbon is a Breeders' Cup Challenge race that offers its winner a fees-paid berth in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.

Trained by Mike Maker, Henley's Joy is undefeated in his two career starts on the grass. Tyler Gaffalione, who was aboard for the Kentucky Downs victory, will have the mount Sunday and break from post position three.

Joe Sharp trains Tracksmith, who won his turf debut at Ellis Park before his run at Kentucky Downs. Adam Beschizza has the mount and will break from post position 11.

Trainer Mark Casse has saddled the winner of the past three runnings of the Dixiana Bourbon. On Sunday, he will send out two starters with Gary Barber's War of Will and John Oxley's Blockbuster.

War of Will is winless in two starts but in his most recent effort finished second in the Summer (G1) at Woodbine. Drayden Van Dyke will ride Sunday and break from post position one.

Blockbuster, winner of his only career start on Sept. 13 at Kentucky Downs, will be ridden by Julien Leparoux from post position six.

The field for the Dixiana Bourbon, with riders and weights from the inside, is: War of Will (Van Dyke, 118 pounds), Ice City Ghost (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120), Henley's Joy (Gaffalione, 120), Concrete Rose (Jose Lezcano, 118), Forloveofcountry (Luis Saez, 118), Blockbuster (Leparoux, 118), Mr WrenchIt (Albin Jimenez, 120), Salvator Mundi (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Shazier (Joe Bravo, 118), Current (Jose Ortiz, 118), Tracksmith (Beschizza, 118),More Than A. P. (Florent Geroux, 118), Mick's Star (Corey Lanerie, 118) and Pradar (Jack Gilligan, 118). Also-eligible: Life Mission (Geroux, 118).

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