Comebacking Toast Of New York Headlines Friday’s Marathon Stakes

A field of 10 horses are signed on for a 1 ¾-mile test over the Churchill Downs main track in Friday’s $200,000 Marathon Stakes (GII), one of two featured stakes races on the undercard of Breeders’ Cup “Future Stars Friday”.

The Marathon Stakes is carded as the 10th and final race on Friday’s card with a post time of 6:43 p.m. (all times Eastern). The first post is 12:55 p.m. and the first of five Breeders’ Cup races begins in Race 5 at 3:21 p.m.

The Marathon field is led by Al Shaqab Racing’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) pre-entrant Toast of New York. The 2014 runner-up in the Classic returned to training in late 2017 after standing stud in Qatar and recently finished second behind Mind Your Biscuits in the Sept. 29 Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

Toast of New York has been stabled at Churchill Downs since mid-September but was No. 19 on the Breeders’ Cup Classic pre-entry list. A maximum of 14 horses are allowed to run in the Classic.

Trained by Jamie Osborne, Toast of New York will be ridden by Julien Leparoux and break from post position 9.

Among the other challengers to Toast of New York is Centennial Farms’ Temperance Hill Invitational winner Rocketry.

Rocketry had 14 prior starts on the turf before trainer Jimmy Jerkens opted to try the 4-year-old colt on the dirt in the 1 5/8-mile Temperance Hill in which he scored a 1 ½-length win under jockey Joel Rosario.

Rosario has the call once again on Rocketry who will break from post 10.

Another likely major contender in the field is Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa al Maktoum’s two-time stakes winner Dabster for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.

Dabster, a 4-year-old colt by Curlin, recently reeled of two victories in the Aug. 22 Harry F. Brubaker Stakes and Sept. 16 Los Alamitos Special Stakes.

Jockey Joe Talamo has the call on Dabster who will break from post 2.

Also in the Marathon field is DARRS Inc.’s Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) runner-up Honorable Duty for locally-based trainer Brendan Walsh.

Honorable Duty, who finished a head behind Toast of New York in third in the Lukas Classic, sports a 10-4-3-1—$524,360 record at Churchill Downs.

The Marathon field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Term of Art (Florent Geroux, Brad Cox); Dabster (Talamo, Baffert); Imperative (Jon Court, Anthony Quartorolo); Finglas (Corey Lanerie, Tom Amoss); Senior Investment (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek); War Story (Irad Ortiz Jr., Jorge Navarro); Big Dollar Bill (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes); Honorable Duty (Jose Ortiz, Walsh); Toast of New York (Leparoux, Osborne); Rocketry (Rosario, Jerkens).

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert hopes to start gutsy maiden winner Improbable on the Road to the Kentucky Derby as he faces winners in Friday’s $100,000 Street Sense at Churchill Downs.

Slated as Race 4 with a post time of 2:36 p.m. (all times Eastern), the one-mile Street Sense often serves as a local prep to the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club on the closing weekend of the Fall Meet. The first post Friday is 12:55 p.m.

Owned by WinStar Farm, China Horse Club and SF Racing, Improbable was successful in his career debut after sitting just off the early :45 half-mile pace and closing late under jockey Drayden Van Dyke.

Improbable, a $200,000 purchase from the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale, drew post position 2 and will once again be ridden by Van Dyke.

Among the other challengers in the Street Sense field is 15 ¾-length maiden winner Trophy Chaser for owner/trainer Juan Avila.

Trophy Chaser crushed the competition in his second-career start at Gulfstream Park under jockey Leonel Reyes. Following that performance, the colt tested the Grade I Champagne at Belmont Park but finished fifth.

Trophy Chaser originally was under consideration for the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (GI) but his connections opted to run the son of Twirling Candy in the Street Sense instead.

Reyes once again has the call and drew post 3.

Also in the Street Sense field is the Churchill Downs Racing Club’s Arlington-Washington Futurity runner-up Distant Shore.

The son of Algorithms won his career debut at Indiana Grand by four lengths in a 5 ½ furlong maiden special weight contest prior to testing stakes company in the seven-furlong Arlington-Washington Futurity over Arlington Park’s synthetic surface.

Churchill Downs perennial leading rider Corey Lanerie has the call on Distant Shore for trainer Tom Amoss and breaks from the rail.

The field for the Street Sense from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Distant Shore (Lanerie, Amoss); Improbable (Van Dyke, Baffert); Trophy Chaser (Reyes, Avila); Unionizer (Jose Ortiz, Bill Mott); Moonster (Robby Albarado, Dale Romans); Reward the Miracle (Jarred Journet, Butch Marshall); Manny Wah (John Velazquez, Wayne Catalano); Louder Than Bombs (Jeffrey Sanchez, David Fawkes); Marquee Prince (Brian Hernandez Jr., Brad Cox).

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