Steve Vanovich, Steve Andriot, Brad Cain and P.J. Herold’s Latent Revenge will attempt to defend his title in Saturday’s second running of the $65,000-added Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes, a five-furlong dash over the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Greg Foley, Latent Revenge was most recently the runner-up in the $150,000 Twin Spires Turf Sprint (Grade III) on the Kentucky Oaks undercard when he was beaten two lengths by Green Mask. The 5-year-old son of Latent Heat has a career record of 21-4-5-1 and $210,586 in earnings.
Latent Revenge will have to tackle James and Ywachetta Driver’s 17-time winner Rivers Run Deep, who is managed by trainer Chris Hartman. With a record of 33-17-8-4 and $959,940 in earnings, Rivers Run Deep was the half-length runner-up to Latent Revenge in last year’s Mighty Beau.
The complete Mighty Beau field from the rail out (with jockeys): Expected Ruler (Didiel Osorio), Forgive (Joe Rocco Jr.), Latent Revenge (James Graham), Platinum Prince (Florent Geroux), Grand Candy (Ricardo Santana Jr.), Vici (Brian Hernandez Jr.), A Fashion Affair (Jack Gilligan), Partly Mocha (Corey Lanerie), Rivers Run Deep (Albin Jimenez), and Mayor Mac (Miguel Mena).
The turf sprint is named in honor of graded stakes winner Mighty Beau, who boasted a record of 75-12-19-10—$646,000 from 2001-08. The Oklahoma-bred gelded son of Rainbow Prospect made a record five starts in the Twin Spires Turf Sprint (then known as the Aegon Turf Sprint) from 2002-06, winning the race in 2005 at age 6 for owners Mike Cloonan and Anthony Carolan, trainer Jeff Mullins and jockey Pat Valenzuela.
The Mighty Beau is carded as Race 9 at approximately 4:51 p.m. (all times Eastern).3
The Aristides and Mighty Beau stakes doubleheader highlights the four-day, Thursday-Sunday racing week at Churchill Downs.
The Twilight Thursday abbreviated eight-race program starts at 5 p.m. and is highlighted by $1 beers, food trucks (Holy Mole, Red Top Gourmet Hot Dogs, Pollo, 502 Café, Mark’s Feed Store and Zoom Zoom Yum), live music on the Plaza stage by pop band Maximón and a Wagering 101 tent for betting advice. There also is a $9,252 jackpot carryover for the 20-cent minimum Single-6 Jackpot on Races 3-8, and a $4,898 carryover in the $1 Super Hi-5 for the final race of the day.
Sunday’s 10-race card features the year’s first Family Adventure Day Presented by Kroger. The day of racing is complimented by plenty of family activities in the Plaza area including pony rides, inflatables, a petting zoo, stick horse races, face painting and more. There also will be a special “meet and greet” with popular “Trolls,” Poppy and Branch.
Unlimited access tickets to all kid-friendly activities on Family Adventure Day are $8 when purchased in advance online at www.ChurchillDowns.com. There also is a special Family Four Pack ($44 for general admission or $59 for box seats), which includes four Family Adventure Day tickets, four family meals from the concession stands in the Plaza area and two racing programs.
Churchill Downs admission gates will open at 4 p.m. Thursday and at 11:30 a.m. Friday-Sunday. General Admission is $3 daily, reserved seating is $10 and reserved dining packages start at $38.
Thursday officially begins the second half of the 38-day Spring Meet, which concludes Friday, June 30. Twelve-time Churchill Downs champion jockey Corey Lanerie is the leading rider with 32 wins through the first 19 days of the meet, 11 more than runner-up Brian Hernandez Jr. Steve Asmussen, the Hall of Fame horseman who has won a record 17 training titles at Churchill Downs, is tied with Brendan Walsh atop the trainer standings with 11 wins each, one more than J.R. Caldwell and Brad Cox. Six owners share the lead with three wins each: Asmussen, Keene Thoroughbreds LLC, Lothenbach Stables Inc., Maggi Moss, John Oxley and Whitham Thoroughbreds LLC. Perennial leading owners Ken and Sarah Ramsey, seeking their record-extending 29th local owners’ title, have two wins.