Whitham Thoroughbreds’ homebred filly Walkathon will attempt to win her third-consecutive race and first graded stakes score in Saturday’s $200,000 Regret (Grade III) at Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/8-mile Regret, run over the Matt Winn Turf Course, was carded as Race 5 of 11 with a post time of 2:45 p.m.
Trained by Ian Wilkes, Walkathon broke her maiden by two lengths in late April at Keeneland in her first turf try. The daughter of Twirling Candy returned May 14 at Churchill where she bested 10 rivals by 1 ¼ lengths in a first-level allowance event. She’s poised to return in two weeks for Saturday’s Regret and will break from the rail with Julien Leparoux in the saddle.
The Regret features an extremely competitive field of six 3-year-old fillies including Don’t Tell My Wife Stables and Keith Desormeaux’s $250,0000 Bourbonette Oaks winner Candy Raid, Klaravich Stables’ graded stakes placed McKulick (GB) and Michael Tabor’s allowance winner Beside Herself.
Here’s the Regret field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Walkathon (Leparoux, Wilkes); Beside Herself (Luis Saez, Todd Pletcher); McKulick (GB) (Tyler Gaffalione, Chad Brown); Kneesnhips (John Velazquez, Tom Amoss); Lola Flo (James Graham, Lynn Cash); and Candy Raid (Rafael Bejarano, Keith Desormeaux).
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