Grade 1 Winners Dunbar Road, She’s A Julie Face Off In Saturday’s Shawnee Stakes

Peter Brant’s $600,000 Alabama (GI) winner Dunbar Road is set for her 4-year-old debut as she’ll face seven rivals that entered Saturday’s $100,000 Shawnee Stakes presented by TwinSpires.com – part of “Stephen Foster Preview Day” at Churchill Downs.

The 1 1/16-mile Shawnee is a likely steppingstone to the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis (GII), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event on Saturday, June 27 at Churchill Downs. The Shawnee was carded as Race 7 with a post time of 4:08 p.m. (all times Eastern). Other stakes races on the program are the $150,000 Matt Winn (GIII), $100,000 Blame, $100,000 Tepin and $100,000 War Chant.

Dunbar Road will be making her 4-year-old debut for trainer Chad Brown following her fifth-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) in November. The four-time winning daughter of Quality Road was made eligible for the Shawnee with a $2,000 supplement fee after not originally being nominated. Jose Ortiz has the call from post position No. 4.

Another accomplished mare that entered the Shawnee is Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim and Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing and Madaket Stables’ $500,000 La Troienne (GI) winner She’s a Julie. Trained by Steve Asmussen, She’s a Julie will make her first start in her 5-year-old campaign following a fourth-place effort in October’s Spinster (GI) at Keeneland. Ricardo Santana Jr. is signed on to ride from post 8.

The complete field for the Shawnee from the inside out (with jockey and trainer): Moonlit Garden (Tyler Gaffalione, Mark Casse); Chocolate Kisses (Declan Carroll, Casse); Awe Emma (Jon Court, Dallas Stewart); Dunbar Road (Ortiz, Brown); Another Broad (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher); Vault (Joel Rosario, Brad Cox); Flower Party (IRE) (Shaun Bridgmohan, Mike Stidham); and She’s A Julie (Santana, Asmussen).

Three Diamonds Farm’s $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) winner Field Pass will move back to turf as the headliner for Saturday’s $100,000 War Chant presented by TwinSpires.com – a one-mile turf event for 3-year-olds on “Stephen Foster Preview Day” at Churchill Downs.

The War Chant is one of five stakes events on the 11-race program Saturday at Churchill Downs. First post is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the War Chant goes as the Race 11 finale at 6:16 p.m. Also on the card is the $150,000 Matt Winn (GIII), $100,000 Blame, $100,000 Shawnee and $100,000 War Chant.

Field Pass, the winner of Turfway Park’s Jeff Ruby Steaks, will shift from the synthetic Polytrack surface back to the turf in Saturday’s race. Trained by Mike Maker, Field Pass captured the March 14 Jeff Ruby Steaks by a neck over the Wesley Ward-trained Invader. The 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid returned to Kentucky in February following his victory in Gulfstream Park’s $100,000 Dania Beach. Jose Ortiz will have the call in the War Chant from post No. 5.

Among the top challengers to Field Pass in the War Chant are Godolphin’s speedy Hieronymus, who captured the $57,000 Randy Romero Memorial and $70,000 Black Gold at Fair Grounds; Daniel Ryan’s $100,000 Rushaway winner Vanzzy; and Cannon Thoroughbreds’ $100,000 Cecil B. DeMille Stakes winner Smooth Like Strait.

Matthew Schera’s $100,000 Kittens Joy (GIII) winner Island Commish was supplemented to the War Chant field with a $2,000 payment at the time of entries on Wednesday. Paco Lopez will ride the Saffie Joseph Jr. trainee from post 3.

The War Chant field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): South Bend (Julien Leparoux, Stanley Hough); Bodecream (Deshawn Parker, Danny Pish); Island Commish (Lopez, Joseph); Vanzzy (Kendrick Carmouche, Mike Pino); Field Pass (Ortiz, Maker); Hieronymus (Shaun Bridgmohan, Brad Cox); Bama Breeze (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold); Liam’s Pride (David Cohen, Doug O’Neill); Smooth Like Strait (John Velazquez, Michael McCarthy); Shared Sense (Florent Geroux, Cox); Street Ready (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes); Pixelate (Joel Rosario, Mike Stidham); Billy Batts (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen); Fenwick Station (Tyler Gaffalione, Eddie Kenneally). Natural Power (Adam Beschizza, Mark Casse) is on the also-eligible list.

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