Millionaires Limousine Liberal, Marley’s Freedom Top Churchill Stakes, Humana Distaff

by | 04.30.2019 | 6:40pm
Marley's Freedom (Blame) and jockey Mike Smith win the Go For Wand (Gr III) at Aqueduct Racetrack 12/1/18. Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Cicero Farms

Katherine Ball's Limousine Liberal will shoot for his third consecutive victory in the $500,000 Churchill Downs (GI) Presented by Twinspires.com for 4-year-olds and up when he heads a field of 12 for the seven-furlong main track test on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

The Churchill Downs, scheduled as the day's eighth race, has a 2:45 post time.

Trained by Ben Colebrook, Limousine Liberal is following a familiar path to Saturday's race having made his seasonal debut four weeks prior in the Commonwealth (GIII) at Keeneland. In this year's Commonwealth, Limousine Liberal finished behind Bobby's Wicked One and Warrior's Club, both of whom are entered for Saturday.

Jose Ortiz, who has been aboard for the two victories in this race, has the mount Saturday and will break from post position two.

Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables' Bobby's Wicked One extended his winning streak to three with a front-running victory in the Commonwealth. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Bobby's Wicked One will be ridden by Miguel Mena and break from post position four.

The Churchill Downs Racing Club's Warrior's Club, runner-up in this race last year, is trained by D. Wayne Lukas. Joel Rosario will be aboard Saturday and break from post position seven.

The field for the Churchill Downs, with riders and weight from the rail, is: Do Share (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118 pounds), Limousine Liberal (J. Ortiz, 118), Majestic Dunhill (Manny Franco, 118), Bobby's Wicked One (Mena, 118), Wild Shot (Corey Lanerie, 118), Promises Fulfilled (Luis Saez, 120), Warrior's Club (Rosario, 118), Mitole (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Uncontested (John Velazquez, 118), Still Having Fun (Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Uno Mas Modelo (James Graham, 118) and Whitmore (Javier Castellano, 118).

Cicero Farms' Marley's Freedom, a five-time graded-stakes winner and recent millionaire, heads a field of seven fillies and mares entered for the 33rd running of the $500,000 Humana Distaff (GI) at seven furlongs on the main track.

The Humana Distaff, scheduled as the day's sixth race, has a 1:13 post time.

Trained by two-time Humana Distaff winner Bob Baffert, Marley's Freedom returns to Churchill Downs for the first time since finishing fourth as the favorite in last fall's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (GI). In that race, she came up a half-length shy of the victorious Shamrock Rose who also is in Saturday's field.

Mike Smith has the mount on Marley's Freedom and will break from post position seven.

Expected to vie for favoritism with Marley's Freedom is Spiced Perfection.

Owned by the partnership of Pantofel Stable, Wachtel Stable and Peter Deutsch, Spiced Perfection won the Madison (GI) at Keeneland in her most recent start for her second Grade I triumph. Trained by Peter Miller, she will be ridden by Javier Castellano and break from post position two.

The field for the Churchill Downs, with riders and weight from the rail, is: Spring in the Wind (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118 pounds), Spiced Perfection (Castellano, 123), Mia Mischief (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Talk Veuve to Me (Julien Leparoux, 118), Amy's Challenge (Alex Canchari, 118), Emboldened (Joel Rosario, 118) and Marley's Freedom (Smith, 120).

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