Blue Prize Headlines La Troienne; McKinzie Faces Down Seeking The Soul In Alysheba

Merriebelle Stable’s Blue Prize, winner of the Spinster (GI) at Keeneland last fall before closing her 2018 campaign with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) here, headlines a field of 10 fillies and entered for the 34th running of the $500,000 La Troienne (GI) Presented by Inside Access from Chase going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The La Troienne is scheduled as the afternoon’s eighth race on Friday at Churchill Downs, with a 2:53 p.m. post time.

Trained by Ignacio Correas IV, Blue Prize is a three-time winner at Churchill Downs having taken the Fleur de Lis (GII) in 2018 and the Falls City Handicap (GII) and Locust Grove (GIII) in 2017. Joe Bravo has the mount Friday and will break from post position two.

Invading from California is Little Red Feather Racing’s Secret Spice, winner of the Beholder Mile (GI) in her most recent start. Trained by Richard Baltas, Secret Spice will be ridden by Geovanni Franco and break from post position nine.

The field for the La Troienne, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: She’s a Julie (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Blue Prize (ARG) (Bravo, 120), Divine Miss Grey (Manny Franco, 120), Awe Emma (Jon Court, 118), Mopotism (Flavien Prat, 118), Chocolate Martini (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Teresa Z (John Velazquez, 118), Golden Award (Jose Ortiz, 118), Secret Spice (G. Franco, 123) and Viva Forever (Jose Bracho, 118).

Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman’s three-time Grade I winner McKinzie is the marquee name among a field of 11 4-year-olds and up entered Monday for the 16th running of the $400,000 Alysheba (GII) Presented by Sentient Jet at 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

The Alysheba is scheduled as the seventh race on the afternoon with a 2 o’clock post time.

Trained by Bob Baffert, McKinzie comes into Friday’s race off a nose defeat in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on April 6. Mike Smith, who has been aboard the 4-year-old in all nine of his starts, has the mount and will break from post position one.

One horse that has had success at Churchill Downs is Charles Fipke’s Seeking the Soul, winner of the 2017 Clark Handicap (GI). Seeking the Soul comes in off an eighth-place finish in the Dubai World Cup. Trained by Dallas Stewart, Seeking the Soul will break from post position eight and be ridden by John Velazquez.

The field for the Alysheba, with riders from the rail out, is: McKinzie (Smith), Tom’s d’Etat (Shaun Bridgmohan), Prime Attraction (Tyler Baze), Casino Star (Edgar Morales), Bourbon Resolution (Chris Landeros), Instilled Regard (Jose Ortiz), Hawaakom (Miguel Mena), Seeking the Soul (Velazquez), Multiplier (Flavien Prat), Silver Dust (Jack Gilligan) and Copper Bullet (Ricardo Santana Jr). All starters carry 118 pounds.

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