Seven speedsters will travel six furlongs in the $125,000 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The Aristides is one of two stakes events on the card and features a fairly well-matched group.
Here is the field:
Mr. Crow Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $282,280
Top BRIS Speed rating (105) in 2017 maiden and allowance tallies at Saratoga
Owner: KRA Stud Farm
Breeder: Scott Swaim and Avalon Farms Inc. (KY)
Trainer: Ben Colebrook
Jockey: Tyler Gaffalione
Dam: Black Chocolate
The five-year-old was second in this race in 2018 and draws the rail as an obvious contender in here. The Kentucky-bred is one of four in the field exiting a competitive allowance race on this oval in preparation of this assignment. The Grade 1-placed contender rates a solid chance in his second off the layoff under Tyler Gaffalione.
Control Stake Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $499,643
Top BRIS Speed rating (98) in 2015 Thanksgiving Handicap win and allowance second
Owner: Randy Exelby, Steve Vanovich and Larry Craig
Breeder: BPN (FL)
Trainer: Greg Foley
Jockey: Miguel Mena
Sire: Discreetly Mine
Dam: Be a Quiet Honey
This gelding has not won since 2016 and also boasts an 11-1-7-0 mark at Churchill Downs. The Florida-bred is a talented sort who might own the best turn of foot in the field, as he displayed in a recent allowance tune-up when falling a nose short. The seven-year-old could benefit most if a speed duel takes place.
Share the Upside Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $242,672
Top BRIS Speed rating (103) in Hot Springs Stakes and allowance victory
Owner: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings et al’s
Breeder: Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings Inc. (ON)
Trainer: Steve Asmussen
Jockey: Ricardo Santana Jr.
Sire: Maclean’s Music
Dam: Mystic Silver
Color: Dark Bay
This is the horse to beat from the Steve Asmussen barn, having won or placed in all but one lifetime outing, and looms large with his best showing in this spot. The gelded four-year-old has shown big improvement that started with a win on this oval in the fall, and he comes in with BRIS Speed numbers of 103-103-100 in his last three races. The likely favorite will be in the mix from the opening bell.
Zipp on By Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $146,679
Top BRIS Speed rating (96) in 2017 allowance second
Owner: Ed and Susie Orr
Breeder: Mike and Pat Freeny (KY)
Trainer: Rey Hernandez
Jockey: Edgar Morales
Sire: City Zip
Dam: Cape Cod Girl
This longshot was just 1 1/2 lengths back of three runners in this field last time in a nice showing second off the bench. The five-year-old gelding is in a nice form cycle, but he will need a lifetime-best to knock off this solid cast. The Kentucky-bred gets a rider change to Edgar Morales.
Petrov Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $565,327
Top BRIS Speed rating (103) in 2017 allowance score at Saratoga
Owner: Rialto Racing Stables LLC, Southern Springs Stables,
Head of Plains Partners
Breeder: Sun Valley Farm (KY)
Trainer: Ron Moquett
Jockey: Jack Gilligan
This five-year-old from the Ron Moquett barn could be ready for a peak performance while making his third start off the layoff. The Kentucky-bred gray was a stubborn third in a local allowance event most recently, and he draws well to track the pace and get first run on the deep closing types. Jack Gilligan retains the mount.
Wilbo Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $670,030
Top BRIS Speed rating (102) in 2016 Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial Stakes second at Mountaineer
Owner: Chris Wilkins
Breeder: Woodford Thoroughbreds (KY)
Trainer: Chris Hartman
Jockey: Corey Lanerie
Sire: Candy Ride
The seven-year-old gelding thrives at Churchill Downs with a mark of 8-5-1-1 at this venue. The Kentucky-bred comes in with a win and a pair of seconds in his last trio of assignments, and he is in the midst of a strong form run right now. The win contender will be doing his running from off the pace beneath Corey Lanerie.
Kowboy Karma Career Racing Stats
Total Career Earnings: $245,486
Top BRIS Speed rating (95) in 2018 allowance win at Churchill Downs
Owner: Michael Pressley & Cindy and Larry Jones
Breeder: Larry and Cindy Jones (KY)
Trainer: Larry Jones
Jockey: Gabriel Saez
Sire: Kodiak Kowboy
Dam: Just Jan
This four-year-old rallied well in the stretch to defeat a trio of his contenders in this field last time out. The contender is relatively lightly raced and is also proven on this oval, sporting a 3-2-0-0 record at Churchill Downs overall. He will try to run them all down in the lane with regular pilot Gabriel Saez at the controls.