The presence of Mark Stanley’s Grade I winner Swift Temper and the return to the races of G. Watts Humphrey Jr. and the Louise Ireland Humphrey Revocable Trust-2008’s One Caroline serve as the main attention grabbers for Saturday’s 24th running of the $150,000-added Chilukki (Grade II).
But the story of the race figures to be Payton d’Oro, who is scheduled to be the final starter for Kentucky-born trainer Larry Jones.
Jones, who saddled Proud Spell to win the 2008 Kentucky Oaks (GI) and sent out Hard Spun and Eight Belles to runner-up finishes in the 2007 and 2008 runnings of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI), is retiring after Saturday and turning the operation of the stable to his wife Cindy.
Jones, a 53-year-old native of Hopkinsville, also will saddle Brereton Jones’ On the Menu in Saturday’s Dream Supreme, the day’s eighth race. After Saturday, he and Cindy will retain 23 horses that they own totally or in partnerships.
Winner of the Remington Park Oaks last time out and the Grade II Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico in May. Payton d’Oro is owned by Michael Pressley, John Ferris, Mike Riley, Lee Robey and Barry Higgins and will be ridden by Terry Thompson.
One Caroline, trained by Rusty Arnold, has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite by Churchill Downs oddsmaker Mike Battaglia. A winner of five of six career starts, One Caroline has not started since a runner-up finish to Miss Isella in the Louisville Distaff (GII) on May 1.
Leandro Goncalves will ride One Caroline and break from post position four under a 122-pound impost.
Swift Temper, 3-1 on the morning line, will tote high weight of 124 pounds in the Chilukki and break from post seven under Chris Emigh. Trained by Dale Romans, Swift Temper’s resume is highlighted by a victory in the Grade I Ruffian at Belmont Park in September. Swift Temper ran third in last year’s Chilukki behind Leah’s Secret.
The Chilukki goes as the ninth race on Saturday’s 10-race card with a 4:58 p.m. (all times EST). Post time for the first race on the program that includes simulcast of eight Breeders’ Cup World Championship races from Santa Anita, is 12:40 p.m. The Breeders’ Cup races kick off with the Juvenile Turf at 1:45 p.m. and concludes with the Classic at 6:45 p.m.
The field for the Chilukki, from the rail out (with jockey, assigned weight and morning line odds), is as follows: Copper State (Shaun Bridgmohan, 118 pounds, 12-1), Royale Michele (E. Baird, 118, 10-1), Malibu Prayer (C. DeCarlo, 115, 8-1), One Caroline (L. Goncalves, 122, 8-5), Color Me Up (J. Court, 118, 30-1), Be Fair (I. Ocampo, 115, 20-1), Swift Temper (C. Emigh, 124, 3-1), Payton d’Oro (T. Thompson, 119, 10-1) and Dubai Majesty (J. Theriot, 120, 9-2).
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