Churchill Features Formidable Face-offs in Saturday’s Late Pick 5

May 12, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Saturday’s late 50-cent Pick 5 will feature a strong sequence with two allowance events and a duo of maiden special weight races with each having an over-subscribed field.   

The sequence, which starts in Race 7 at 4:06 p.m. (all times Eastern), has a low 15 percent takeout.  

The seventh race is a six-furlong maiden special weight for fillies and mares 3-year-olds and up with a purse of $79,000. The field includes recent Gulfstream Park runner-up Say Moi, who will be ridden by John Velazquez for trainer Bill Mott.  

Race 8 is a one-mile allowance race on the Matt Winn Turf Course that features the Chad Brown-trained Motagally, who is making her first start on the grass, and multiple graded-stakes placed Uncapped for trainer Brendan Walsh.  

The ninth race is a $50,000 claiming event at seven furlongs for 3-year-olds and up that have not won two races. The race drew 12 horses in the body with two on the also-eligible list.  

Race 10 is a first-level allowance contest for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. A field of 12 horses drew into the body of the race with four also-eligible entrants including Grade II-placed Portrait for trainer Brad Cox and $125,000 Gaspaprilla Stakes runner-up Mo City.   

The sequence will close with a 5 ½-furlong allowance race on the turf for 3-year-old fillies. The uber-competitive field includes undefeated Ilchester Cheetah (trainer Jerry O’Dwyer), $75,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes winner Karak (Wesley Ward) and $100,000 Stewart Manor Stakes winner Fly So Pretty (Mark Casse).  

Churchill Downs Press Release 

Photo: Undefeated Ilchester Cheetah wins an allowance optional claiming race at Laurel Park Nov. 2, 2019. Credit: Jim McCue/Maryland Jockey Club Press

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