Churchill Downs Selections: Day 1–Saturday, April 30, 2022

Bayerness
Belladonna Racing, LLC’s Bayerness will face two other rivals in the $160,000 Roxelana Stakes on Saturday, April 30 at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY. Coady Photography

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Derby Week Commences With Night Racing

Bay Storm
Bridlewood Farm’s Bay Storm is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the eighth race at Churchill Downs on April 30. Coglianese Photos/Chelsea Durand

Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY kicks-off its 2022 Spring Meet and Kentucky Derby week on Saturday, April 30 with a 10-race twilight program featuring a 6:00 P.M. (Eastern) post time.

The featured ninth race on the card is the $160,000 Roxelana Stakes for fillies and mares four-years-old and upward sprinting six-furlongs on the main track.

Belladonna Racing, LLC’s Bayerness, winner of the Shine Again Stakes at Saratoga in her last start on August 4, and Michael and Katherine Ball’s Club Car, a three-time winner on dirt in South Louisville, are 5-2 co-favorites on the morning line in a field that was scratched down to just three entrants.

Cox, Gaffalione Return To Defend Spring Titles

Tyler Gaffalione is named on six horses on Saturday night at Churchill Downs. Coady Photography

Jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who was the leading rider at Churchill Downs last spring with 45 wins, and Brad Cox, who was the top trainer with 21 victories, will be back to defend their respective titles in Derby City in 2022.

Gaffalione is named on six horses on opening night under the Twin Spires, while Cox has no entries on the card.

The 44-day Spring Meet, which runs through July 4, also marks the return of turf racing under the Twin Spires. A $10 million renovation project was recently completed on the Matt Winn Turf Course, which prevented grass racing at Churchill Downs last fall.

The revamped course is now wider, from 80 to 85-feet, with banking in the turns, and has improved drainage and irrigation systems. The composotion is four-inch high Kentucky 31 Fescue (90%) and bluegrass (10%) grown in a three-inch topsoil layer over a 13-inch course masonry sand base.

Post time for the fourth race, the first turf race on Saturday’s program, is 7:26 P.M. (Eastern).

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