Churchill Downs Selections, Day 1–Saturday, May 16, 2020

 

Monomoy Girl
Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, LLC, Bethlehem Stables, LLC, and The Elkstone Group, LLC’s Monomoy Girl–the champion three-year-old filly of 2018–will make her first start in over 18 months in the featured fourth race at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 16. Photo By: Keeneland/Coady Photography

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162 Entered On Opening Day Of Spring Meet

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LNJ Foxwoods’ Portrait returns to the races off a three-month hiatus in the tenth race at Churchill Downs on May 16. Photo By: Coady Photography

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. jump starts its long-awaited, albeit abbreviated, 2020 Spring Meet on Saturday, May 16 with an excellent 11-race program on tap that attracted 162 entrants.

Post time is 1:00 P.M. (Eastern)

The fourth race on the program–the nominal feature–is an $80,000 optional claiming, classified allowance event for fillies and mares three-years-old and upward slated for an eight-furlong trip around one-turn on the main track.

Michael Dubb, Monomoy Stables, LLC, Bethlehem Stables, LLC, and The Elkstone Group, LLC’s Monomoy Girl–the champion three-year-old filly of 2018 who will make her first start in over 18 months, is the prohibitive 4-5 morning line favorite in a field that attracted seven entrants.

Jockey Florent Geroux will be aboard the chestnut daughter of Tapizar for trainer Brad Cox.

Asmussen, Lanerie Back To Defend Meet Titles

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Trainer Steve Asmussen has four entrants on opening day of the 2020 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs. Photo By: Coady Photography

Jockey Corey Lanerie, who was the leading rider at Churchill Downs last Spring with 43 wins, and Hall of Fame conditioner Steve Asmussen, the top trainer with 28 winners, will be back to defend their respective titles in 2020.

Lanerie is named on eight horses on opening day in Derby City and Asmussen has four entrants.

Racing will be conducted under the Twin Spires spectator-free, in accordance with guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the federal government in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, on Thursdays-Sundays through June 27 in addition to a Memorial Day program on Monday, May 25.

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