Qatar Racing, Flurry Racing Stables and Big Aut Farms’ Shedaresthedevil, upset winner of last September’s Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) headlines a field of seven fillies and mares entered for the 36th running of the $500,000 La Troienne Stakes (G1) at Churchill Downs on April 30.
The 1 1/16-mile La Troienne is one of five other graded stakes races in support of the Kentucky Oaks card. First post Friday is 10:30 a.m. ET.
Trained by Brad Cox, Shedaresthedevil came off a five-month layoff to start 2021 with a victory in the Azeri Stakes (G2) at Oaklawn Park on March 13. Regular rider Florent Geroux will be aboard and exit post two.
Two other Grade 1 winners will line up to challenge Shedaresthedevil: Peter Brant’s Dunbar Road and WinStarStablemates Racing’s Paris Lights.
Trained by Chad Brown, Dunbar Road will be making her 2021 debut after closing out 2020 with a third-place finish behind champion Monomoy Girl in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1) at Keeneland. Winner of the 2019 Alabama Stakes (GI), Dunbar Road will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. from post three.
Paris Lights, 2-for-2 at Churchill Downs in her career for trainer Bill Mott, won the Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) last summer and opened 2021 with a victory in the Distaff Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct on April 2. Tyler Gaffalione has the mount from post five.
The field for the La Troienne, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Envoutante (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118 pounds), Shedaresthedevil (Geroux, 123), Dunbar Road (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Bajan Girl (Luis Saez, 118), Paris Lights(Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Sanenus (CHI) (Javier Castellano, 120) and Finite (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118).
Godolphin’s Grade 1 winner Maxfield will look to get back on track following the first defeat of his six-race career when he tops a field of six older runners for the 18th running of the $400,000 Alysheba Stakes (G2) going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.
Trained by Brendan Walsh, Maxfield notched victories in his first five starts that included triumphs in the Claiborne Breeders’ Futurity (G1) at Keeneland, the Matt Winn (G3) at Churchill Downs and the Tenacious and Mineshaft (G3) at Fair Grounds.
After streaking to victories in the first five starts of his career, all east of the Mississippi, Maxfield was a beaten favorite in the Santa Anita Handicap (G1) on March 6, coming home third.
“I thought he ran well, yeah I did, beaten a couple of lengths,” Walsh said, noting there were “a lot of things” working against him. “I ran him back soon, three weeks after his previous run. He had to give weight all around, a different track at a mile-and-a-quarter for the first time.
“But I think under the circumstances, he ran well, and he’ll benefit from the race. I think it’ll improve him a lot. We’ll see on Friday.”
Jose Ortiz has the mount Friday exiting post six.
The field for the Alysheba, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Visitant (Umberto Rispoli, 118 pounds), Sonneman (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Attachment Rate (Joe Talamo, 118), Chess Chief (Luis Saez, 120), Roadster(Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Maxfield (Jose Ortiz, 120).
Trainer Tim Hamm and Siena Farms’ Dayoutoftheoffice, runner-up in last fall’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Keeneland, headlines a field of a dozen 3-year-old fillies for the 66th running of the $300,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G2) going seven furlongs on the main track.
Dayoutoftheoffice won her first three starts that included scores in the Schuylerville Stakes (G3) at Saratoga and the Frizette Stakes (G1) at Belmont Park prior to the Breeders’ Cup.
Gerardo Corrales has the mount Friday and will exit post 10.
The field for the Eight Belles, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Make Mischief (Tyler Gaffalione, 118 pounds), Cantata (Javier Castellano, 118), Souper Sensational (John Velazquez, 118), Euphoric (James Graham, 118), Windmill (Mike Smith, 118), Slumber Party (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Obligatory (Jose Ortiz, 118), Kalypso (Joel Rosario, 120), Li’l Tootsie (Flavien Prat, 118), Dayoutoftheoffice (Corrales, 122), Abrogate (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Caramel Swirl (Luis Saez, 118).
Michael Dubb, Madaket Stables, Peter Deutsch, Michael Kisber, The Elkstone Group and Bethlehem Stables’ Aunt Pearl (IRE), dominating winner of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1) at Keeneland last fall, will face six rivals when she makes her 3-year-old debut in the 37th running of the $300,000 Edgewood Stakes (G2).
Trained by Brad Cox, Aunt Pearl followed up her 5-length maiden victory Sept. 1 at Churchill Downs with another front-running triumph in the JP Morgan Chase Jessamine Stakes (G2) at Keeneland that set her up for her Breeders’ Cup victory.
Regular rider Florent Geroux has the mount and will exit post six.
The field for the Edgewood, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Postnup (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118 pounds), GiftList (GB) (Javier Castellano, 118), Queen of the Green (James Graham, 118), Barista (Joel Rosario, 118), Line Dancing (Julien Leparoux, 118), Aunt Pearl (IRE) (Geroux, 122), Zaajel (Luis Saez, 118).
Diamond 100 Racing Club, Amy Dunne, D P Racing and Patrick Biancone Racing’s Diamond Oops makes his return to the grass Friday when he headlines a field of 11 for the 27th running of the $250,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes (G2).
Trained by Patrick Biancone, Diamond Oops will be attempting to become the first repeat winner of the Twin Spires Turf Sprint. He prevailed by a neck in last year’s running that marked his most recent start on grass.
Florent Geroux, who was aboard for last year’s victory, has the mount Friday on Diamond Oops who is making his 2021 debut. Diamond Oops will exit post nine.
The field for the Twin Spires Turf Sprint, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Johnny Unleashed (Gerardo Corrales, 122 pounds), Guildsman (FR) (Umberto Rispoli, 122), Fiya (Luis Saez, 122), Classy John (Tyler Gaffalione, 122), Just Might (Colby Hernandez, 122), Ambassador Luna (James Graham, 117), Smart Remark (Rafael Bejarano, 122), Fast Boat (Irad Ortiz Jr., 122), Diamond Oops (Geroux, 122), Sombeyay (Flavien Prat, 122), Carotari (Julien Leparoux, 122).