Eldon Farm Equine’s Just Louise and Craig Singer’s Salty Strike, impressive debut maiden winners in May at Churchill Downs, head a field of seven 2-year-old fillies entered for Saturday’s 110th running of the $100,000 Debutante (GIII) at six furlongs.
The Debutante will be the 10th race on Saturday’s 11-race card with an approximate post time of 5:29 p.m. (all times EDT). First post time Saturday is 12:45 p.m.
Trained by Dale Romans, Just Louise scored a 3 ¼-length victory going five furlongs on May 28. Robby Albarado, seeking his third Debutante victory, was aboard for the maiden score and will ride Saturday. Just Louise will break from post position six.
Ken McPeek trains Salty Strike, who scored by 4 ¼ lengths going five furlongs on May 14. Calvin Borel, who won the 2002 Debutante on Awesome Humor, has the call on Salty Strike, who will break from post position one.
Trainer Steve Asmussen, who has saddled the Debutante winner four times, will be represented in this year’s renewal by the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Tristanme, a maiden winner at Woodbine on June 5. Shaun Bridgmohan has the riding assignment on Tristanme, who breaks from post position five.
William Dorminy’s Internet Café, the only two-time winner in the field, will carry top weight of 120 pounds and break from post position seven under apprentice Oriani Rossi.
The field for the Debutante, from the rail out, is as follows: Salty Strike (Borel, 118 pounds), Bach Hamilton (Francisco Torres, 116), Tater Taunter (Corey Nakatani, 118), Big Sweets (Alex Solis, 118), Tristanme (Bridgmohan, 118), Just Louise (Albarado, 118) and Internet Café (Rossi, 120).