Deauville, Beach Patrol Clash In Turf Classic On Derby Undercard

European invader Deauville (IRE), trained by Aidan O’Brien, tops a field of 10 for Saturday’s $500,000 Old Forester Turf Classic (Grade I), one of seven graded stakes on the 14-race program that is highlighted by the 144th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI).

The 32nd running of the Old Forester Turf Classic that is run at 1 1/8 miles, will go as the 11th race with a 5:25 p.m. (all times Eastern) post time. First post time Saturday is 10:30 a.m.

Other stakes on the Derby Day card include the 32nd running of the $300,000 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares going seven furlongs on the main track, the 84th running of the $500,000 Churchill Downs Presented by TwinSpires.com (GII) for older horses going seven furlongs on the main track, the 27th running of the $300,000 American Turf Presented by Ram Trucks (GII) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the grass, the 33rd running of the Longines Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (GII) for fillies and mares and the 94th running of the $300,000 Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU (GIII) for 3-year-olds going a mile on the main track.

Mrs. Fitri Hay, Michael Tabor, Mrs. John Magnier and Derrick Smith’s Deauville is making his third trip to North America for O’Brien. In 2016 he won the Belmont Derby (GI) and ran third in the Arlington Million (GI), a finish he repeated last year.

A three-time Graded or Group winner, Deauville will break from post position one and be ridden by Ryan Moore.

The top U.S. threat to the O’Brien duo looks to be 2017 Breeders’ Cup Turf (GI) runner-up Beach Patrol. Owned by James Covello, Head of Plains Partners, Sheep Pond Partners and Al Shahinia Racing and trained by Chad Brown, raced exclusively in Grade I company in 2017 with victories in the Arlington Million and Turf Classic Invitational.

Second in this race last year, Beach Patrol will be ridden Saturday by Joel Rosario and break from post position 10.

Other top contenders include the 1-2 finishers from the Muniz Memorial Handicap (GII) at Fair Grounds: Pin Oak Stable’s Synchrony and Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway’s Arklow.

Mike Stidham trains Synchrony, who will be ridden by Joe Bravo and exit post position seven while Florent Geroux has the mount on the Brad Cox-trained Arklow and break from post position six.

The field for the Old Forester Turf Classic, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Deauville (IRE) (Moore, 120 pounds), Shining Copper (Luis Saez, 120), Kurilov (CHI) (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Camelot Kitten (Mike Smith, 118), Channel Maker (Javier Castellano, 118), Arklow (Geroux, 120), Synchrony (Bravo, 120), Editore (BRZ) (Drayden Van Dyke, 118), Yoshida (JPN) (Jose Ortiz, 120) and Beach Patrol (Rosario, 120).

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