Dunbar Road wins the Alabama Stakes
Peter Brant’s $600,000 Alabama (GI) winner Dunbar Road is set for her 4-year-old debut as she’ll face seven rivals that entered Saturday’s $100,000 Shawnee Stakes presented by TwinSpires.com – part of “Stephen Foster Preview Day” at Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/16-mile Shawnee is a likely steppingstone to the 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis (GII), a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event on Saturday, June 27 at Churchill Downs. The Shawnee was carded as Race 7 with a post time of 4:08 p.m. (all times Eastern). Other stakes races on the program are the $150,000 Matt Winn (GIII), $100,000 Blame, $100,000 Tepin and $100,000 War Chant.
Dunbar Road will be making her 4-year-old debut for trainer Chad Brown following her fifth-place finish in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff (GI) in November. The four-time winning daughter of Quality Road was made eligible for the Shawnee with a $2,000 supplement fee after not originally being nominated. Jose Ortiz has the call from post position No. 4.
Another accomplished mare that entered the Shawnee is Bradley Thoroughbreds, Tim and Anna Cambron, Denali Stud, Rigney Racing and Madaket Stables’ $500,000 La Troienne (GI) winner She’s a Julie. Trained by Steve Asmussen, She’s a Julie will make her first start in her 5-year-old campaign following a fourth-place effort in October’s Spinster (GI) at Keeneland. Ricardo Santana Jr. is signed on to ride from post 8.
The complete field for the Shawnee from the inside out (with jockey and trainer): Moonlit Garden (Tyler Gaffalione, Mark Casse); Chocolate Kisses (Declan Carroll, Casse); Awe Emma (Jon Court, Dallas Stewart); Dunbar Road (Ortiz, Brown); Another Broad (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher); Vault (Joel Rosario, Brad Cox); Flower Party (IRE) (Shaun Bridgmohan, Mike Stidham); and She’s A Julie (Santana, Asmussen).