By BloodHorse Staff | April 24, 2021
Horseshoe Racing’s Change of Control , winner of the April 10 Giant’s Causeway Stakes at Keeneland, heads an overflow field of 10 fillies and mares plus three also-eligibles for the $150,000 Unbridled Sidney Stakes April 29 at Churchill Downs.
Contested at 5 1/2 furlongs on the Matt Winn Turf Course, the Unbridled Sidney will share the spotlight on an 11-race program with the $130,000 Opening Verse Overnight Stakes for 4-year-olds and up going a mile on the turf.
Third to Unbridled Sidney also-eligible Ambassador Luna in last year’s off-the-turf race, Change of Control gave trainer Michelle Lovell her 500th career victory when she won the Giant’s Causeway by a length under Colby Hernandez, who has the return call from post 2.
Chris Coleman and Brad King’s Into Mystic was sent off as the even-money favorite in the Giant’s Causeway, but was caught in deep stretch after breaking from the rail, which is where she will begin Thursday. Trained by Brendan Walsh, the daughter of Into Mischief will be ridden by Florent Geroux.
Three Diamonds Farm’s Jakarta finished 4 1/2 lengths behind Into Mystic at Keeneland. Luis Saez retains the mount for trainer Mike Maker from post 6.
Team Valor International’s homebred grade 1 winner Oleksandra comes in off a runner-up finish in the Feb. 15 Wishing Well Stakes at Santa Anita Park. Joel Rosario has the call from post 4 for trainer Neil Drysdale on the Animal Kingdom mare, who is in foal to Into Mischief.