Sanford Robertson’s Auntie Joy, runner-up to the streaking turf star Catch a Glimpse in the $150,000 Edgewood Presented by Forcht Bank (Grade III) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard, returns to action against 10 other 3-year-old fillies in Saturday’s 47th running of the $100,000 Regret (GIII) at 1 1/8 miles over Churchill Downs’ Matt Winn Turf Course.
The Regret, the last of five stakes on the Stephen Foster Handicap program, is scheduled as Race 9 at 10:11 p.m.
Auntie Joy, a daughter of North America’s second-leading sire Uncle Mo, has won two of five starts and $88,450. She was 31-1 on the tote board when she made a late rally in the Edgewood to just miss Catch a Glimpse by three-quarters of a length. Her odds figure to be much shorter Saturday when she breaks from the far outside for trainer Brendan Walsh and jockey Brian Hernandez Jr.
One of Auntie Joy’s main rivals will be Stefanie Carroll’s Try Your Luck, who’ll face stakes company for the first time after scoring back-to-back runaway victories on turf: a 9 ¼-length maiden win at Keeneland over 1 1/16 miles and a 3 ½-length first-level allowance triumph at 1 1/8 miles on May 14. The Lookin At Lucky filly is trained by Mike Maker and will be ridden by Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens.
The Regret field from the rail out: Gone Away (Florent Geroux); Quiet Business (Joe Rocco Jr.); Crooked Stick (James Graham); Family Meeting (Robby Albarado); Noble Beauty (Julien Leparoux); Try Your Luck (Stevens); La Piba (Fernando De La Cruz); Dothraki Queen (Corey Lanerie); Fuhriously Kissed (Joe Johnson); Wessex (Shaun Bridgmohan); and Auntie Joy (Hernandez Jr.). All fillies will carry 118 pounds.
Noble Beauty, trained by Chad Brown, and Wessex, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott (Churchill Downs’ all-time win and stakes win leader), invade from New York. Family Meeting and Gone Away ship in from the Fair Hill Training Center in Maryland for trainers Tom Proctor and Michael Matz, respectively.
The Regret annually pays homage to the first filly to win the Kentucky Derby in 1915.