Sunday’s 11-race “Stars of Tomorrow” program
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Kueber Racing’s undefeated filly Coach headlines a competitive field of nine 2-year-old fillies that were entered in Sunday’s $98,000-added Rags to Riches on the “Stars of Tomorrow I” program at Churchill Downs.
The 1 1/16-mile Rags to Riches will share Sunday’s spotlight with the $98,000-added Street Sense for 2-year-olds. The 11-race “Stars of Tomorrow I” program will feature all juvenile races and has a first post of 1 p.m. (all times Eastern). The Rags to Riches and Street Sense will be run for the first time at 1 1/16 miles after previously run at one mile for the last seven editions. The Rags to Riches is carded as Race 10 (5:36 p.m.) while the Street Sense will go as Race 8 (4:36 p.m.).
Coach, trained by Brad Cox, will attempt two turns for the first time after recording dominant victories at Indiana Grand, including a 4 ¼-length maiden win and besting first-level allowance company by 9 ¾ lengths. The daughter of Commissioner will be ridden by Florent Geroux from post No. 8.
Cox and Geroux are not strangers to winning the Rags to Riches. The tandem won the 2017 edition with eventual Kentucky Oaks winner and champion filly Monomoy Girl.
Among the challengers to Coach in the Rags to Riches is Marylou Whitney Stables’ maiden winner Malibu Bird. Trained by Norm Casse, Malibu Bird narrowly broke her maiden at Keeneland on Oct. 3 in a 1 1/16-mile maiden special weight contest. The daughter of Malibu Moon will be ridden by Tyler Gaffalione from post 2.
Field for the Rags to Riches:
1. Orsetto (Declan Cannon, Tim Austin)
2. Malibu Bird (Gaffalione, Norm Casse)
3. Dash to the Top (Gabriel Saez, Wayne Catalano)
4. Oliviaofthedesert (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek)
5. Lady Traveler (Joe Talamo, Dale Romans)
6. Salty as Can Be (Ricardo Santana Jr, Mark Casse)
7. Torsie’s Charm (Adam Beschizza, Eddie Kenneally)
8. Coach (Geroux, Cox)
9. Midnight Ballerina (Julien Leparoux, Bill Mott)
Named after the 2007 Kentucky Oaks winner, the Rags to Riches annually serves as a prep to the $200,000 Golden Rod (GII), run on Nov. 28 at Churchill Downs.
Churchill Downs Entries for Sunday, October 25
Photo: Coach wins Allowance at Indiana Grand. Credit: Coady