Turf Specialist Another Mystery Tops Full Field For Louisville Stakes

Team Block’s multiple stakes-winning turf specialist Another Mystery tops an oversubscribed field of 15 that were entered in Saturday’s $200,000 Louisville Stakes (Grade 3) at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky.

The Louisville will go as Race 10 of 11 with a post time of 5:26 p.m. The 1 ½-mile marathon race will be contested in Lane 2, 12 ft. from the inside rail, on the Matt Winn Turf Course. First post is 12:45 p.m.

Trained by Chris Block, Another Mystery ran second behind multiple Grade 1 winner Channel Maker in last month’s $300,000 Elkhorn (G2) at Keeneland. The 6-year-old horse finished in a dead heat for first with Fantasioso (ARG) in the $200,000 John B. Connally Turf Cup (G3) in late January. His 5-year-old campaign included victories in the $75,000 Bob F. Wright Memorial and $75,000 Black Tie Affair. Jareth Loveberry will have the mount from post position No. 8.

Another top contender in Saturday’s Louisville appears to be Donegal Racing’s two-time stakes winner Shamrocket. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the Florida-bred Shamrocket began his 5-year-old campaign with a half-length victory in the $75,000 Sunshine Classic Stakes at Gulfstream. Previously, the son of Tonalist scored a half-length win in the $100,000 Point of Entry Stakes at 1 ½ miles over the Belmont turf course. Umberto Rispoli will ride Shamrocket from post 10.

Here’s the complete field for the Louisville from the rail out (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Bama Breeze (Corey Lanerie, Rusty Arnold)
  2. Cavalry Charge (David Cohen, Dallas Stewart)
  3. Blanket of Roses (Edgar Morales, Rey Hernandez)
  4. Cibolian (Chris Landeros, Rodolphe Brisset)
  5. Ajourneytofreedom (Javier Castellano, Mike Maker)
  6. Strong Tide (Marcelino Pedroza, Mike Lauer)
  7. Modus Operandi (IRE) (Joe Talamo, Brendan Walsh)
  8. Another Mystery (Loveberry, Block)
  9. Camp Hope (James Graham, Kenny McPeek)
  10. Shamrocket (Rispoli, Pletcher)
  11. Cullum Road (Declan Cannon, Doug Danner)
  12. Highest Honors (Ricardo Santana Jr., Chad Brown)
  13. Cellist (Julien Leparoux, Rusty Arnold)
  14. Reigning Spirit (Colby Hernandez, Al Stall Jr.).

Also eligible: Celerity (Vincent Cheminaud, Waylon Cundiff).

Racing at Churchill Downs will continue Thursday for Twilight Thursday. First post for the eight-race card is 5 p.m. and fans will be able to enjoy $2 domestic canned beer and Blue Moon, live country music from the Shane Dawson Trio and local food truck fare from MRC’s Cheesecake, Bamba Eggrolls, Good Belly, Crave Street Kitchen, Flavorville and Lil Cheezers.

Saturday is Preakness Stakes Day. Fans will be able to watch a live broadcast of the Preakness immediately after the last race. The Preakness has a scheduled post time of 7:01 p.m., about an hour after the finale from Churchill Downs.

For more information about the Spring Meet, visit www.churchilldowns.com.

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