Tom Durant’s Tejano Twist, who cruised to a 7 ¼-length allowance victory in his last start, headlines a field of eight 2-year-old sprinters that entered Saturday’s inaugural running of the $200,000 Lively Shively at Churchill Downs.
The Lively Shively was carded as Race 9 of 12 with a post time of 4:57 p.m. The 6 ½-furlong sprint is one of four stakes events carded on Saturday’s “Stars of Tomorrow II.” The all 2-year-old program is headlined by the $400,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) and $400,000 Golden Rod (GII) and also features the Lively Shively’s counterpart for fillies, the $200,000 Fern Creek. First post is 1 p.m.
Tejano Twist has made seven starts so far in 2021 and sports a pair of runner-up finishes in the $100,000 Rosies Stakes at Colonial Downs and $75,000 Kip Deville at Remington. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Tejano Twist will be ridden by Joe Rocco Jr. from post No. 5.
Among the challengers to Tejano Twist in the Lively Shively is Holy Cow Stable’s five-length maiden winner Ignitis. Trained by four-time Kentucky Derby winner and Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, Ignitis finished third two starts ago to future $500,000 Breeders Futurity (GI) winner Rattle N Roll. Ignitis will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano from post 6.
The complete field for the Lively Shively from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Charter Oak (Julien Leparoux, Dave Vance); Cool Papa G (Joel Rosario, Steve Asmussen); Chattalot (Florent Geroux, Asmussen); Ready to March (Albin Jiminez, James Chapman); Tejano Twist (Rocco, Calhoun); Ignitis (Bejarano, Lukas); Barber Road (Tyler Gaffalione, John Ortiz); and Hoist the Gold (Brian Hernandez Jr., Dallas Stewart).
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