Obligatory, left, surges by Dayoutoftheoffice to win the Grade 2 Eight Belles Stakes at Churchill Downs on April 30, 2021. Churchill Downs/Coady Photography.

Obligatory Headlines Chilukki Stakes

Edited Press Release

Juddmonte’s homebred Obligatory, the one-length winner of the $300,000 Eight Belles (G2) on the undercard of the Kentucky Oaks (G1), returns to the site of her graded stakes victory as she tops a field of eight fillies and mares that were entered for the $300,000 Chilukki Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on Nov. 20.

The one-mile Chilukki will go as Race 10 of 11 with a post time of 5:36 p.m. ET. First post is 1 p.m. 

Obligatory was the 16-1 upset winner of the seven-furlong Eight Belles for 3-year-old fillies on April 30, besting a field that included Grade 1 winner and Eclipse Award finalist Dayoutoftheoffice. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Obligatory finished second in the $500,000 Acorn (G1) and $1 million Cotillion Stakes (G1). In her last start, the daughter of Curlin finished an enigmatic sixth in the $250,000 Raven Run (G2). Jockey Joel Rosario has the call for the Chilukki and drew post No. 7. 

“We know she’s quite effective at seven-eighths and a flat mile at one turn,” Mott said.

Also entered in Saturday’s 36th running of the Chilukki is CJ Thoroughbreds, Left Turn Racing and Casner Racing’s accomplished 5-year-old mare Sally’s Curlin. Trained by Dale Romans, Sally’s Curlin will attempt to become the first horse to win multiple editions of the Chilukki. She won the race in 2019 by three-quarters of a length. Sally’s Curlin will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. from post 2.

Another top contender in the Chilukki field is multiple stakes winner Matera. Owned by Don Alberto Stable and trained by Brad Cox, Matera won the $125,000 Groupie Doll at Ellis Park and the $85,000 Mari Hulman George Memorial at Indiana Grand. The gray 4-year-old filly will be reunited with jockey Florent Geroux from post 3.