Arklow Returns to Kentucky in Louisville Stakes
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The $100,000 Louisville Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday includes the return of Arklow to Kentucky. The last time he graced the state, the six-year-old son of Arch was second in the $1 million Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3), a race he won in 2018.
Since that effort, Arklow took the Grade 1 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park, ran eighth in the Breeders’ Cup, and kicked off his 2020 campaign with a fifth-place effort in the Pegasus World Cup Turf (G1). He hasn’t run since that January 25 race, and the Brad Cox-trainee will be looking to add to his record of six wins and six seconds in 25 starts for earnings over $1.8 million. Florent Geroux will ride the 8-5 choice in a field of 12. Wager on the Louisville Stakes at TVG.com.
Standing in his way is Admission Office, who was drawn outside the field of 12 in the 1 ½-mile turf race. The five-year-old son of Point of Entry has been third in both of his Churchill Downs starts, and hasn’t won since an allowance event at Keeneland in April, 2019, but he is a consistent type who has finished second or third in five of his last eight starts. Julien Leparoux will be aboard for trainer Brian Lynch.
Defending champion Tiz a Slam is a popular Ontario-bred who took both the Grade 2 Nijinsky and Grade 3 Singspiel after his Louisville score last year. Since then he was second in the Grade 1 Northern Dancer at Woodbine and finished well beaten in the Grade 3 Red Smith at Aqueduct. The six-year-old son of Tiznow has been off since November 23, but figures to launch a campaign very similar to 2019 when he starts here. Roger Attfield trains, Tyler Gaffalione will be aboard.
Attfield’s second runner is the Irish import Perfect Tapatino (Fr), who was five for 21 in the United Kingdom before arriving here in the winter. He has nine stateside works for this, including three solid moves at Keeneland, and figures to head North to Woodbine after this race. The son of Perfect Soul drew the rail.
British-bred Fearsome makes his third start in the United States after coming over from England. The Cyril Murphy-trained son of hot sire Makfi won the New Jersey Hunt Cup at Fair Hill in October, then switched to flat racing on the main track at Woodbine to finish second in the Valedictory behind top runner Pumpkin Rumble. This will be his 30th start, and he already has 17 top three efforts.
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