(November 12, 2008) – Three Chimneys LLC’s Callwood Dancer (IRE) will carry high weight of 122 pounds and break from post position five under Eurico Da Silva in Saturday’s 36th running of the $100,000-added Cardinal Handicap (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
Callwood Dancer will concede from three to 11 pounds to her rivals in the Cardinal, which will be run at 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course and go as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card that has a first post time of 12:40 p.m. ET.
Trained by Roger Attfield, Callwood Dancer is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs on Thursday from her home base at Woodbine in Toronto and then head to Florida for the winter with Attfield, who will be seeking his second Churchill Downs stakes victory. Attfield saddled Alydeed to win the 1992 Derby Trial.
Callwood Dancer enters the Cardinal off a second-place finish in the Oct. 4 E.P. Taylor at Woodbine, which served as her Grade I debut. In that race she defeated Sealy Hill, who went on to run second in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic (GI), and prior to that finished ahead of Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (GI) winner Forever Together in the Grade II Canadian.
The starting second high weight will be Earle Mack’s Lady Digby, who will carry 119 pounds and be ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Graham Motion. Lady Digby will break from post position eight.
The field for the Cardinal, from the hedge out: Sousaphone (Shaun Bridgmohan, 114 pounds), Meribel (Robby Albarado, 116), Long Approach (Julien Leparoux, 113), Queendom (Calvin Borel, 111), Callwood Dancer (Da Silva, 122), Ciao (Inez Karlsson, 116), Ballymore Lady (Jesus Castanon, 116), Lady Digby (Dominguez, 119), Kiss With a Twist (Miguel Mena, 115) and Indescribable (Kent Desormeaux, 116).
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