The Churchill Downs 2017 Spring Meeting will commence with aplomb on Saturday night, as the venerable Louisville, Kentucky racetrack plays host to an 11-race twilight program highlighted by a pair of stakes races–the $65,000 Roxelana Stakes for older fillies and mares and the $100,000 William Walker Stakes for three-year-olds. Both events will be contested at six-furlong trips on the main track.
Decidedly low-priced favorites will be salty in both the black-type events on the card, as the fleet of foot Finley’sluckycharm–4-5 on the morning line–is the controlling speed in a small field in the Roxelana and is coming off a game second-place effort in the La Brea Stakes (G1) at Santa Anita last December. The equally fast Syndergaard turns back to a sprint in the William Walker Stakes and drops out of grade one company; he will be tough to reel in breaking from the one-hole under regular rider Johnny Velazquez for trainer Todd Pletcher.
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Post time at Churchill Downs for the first of 11 races on Opening Night Presented by Stella Artois and Old Forester is 6:00 P.M. Eastern.
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Header image: “Walking Ring, Greentree Stable, Saratoga,” oil on panel by Vaughn Flannery (American, 1898 – 1955)