Damon’s Mound Returns to Churchill in G2 Pat Day Mile

May 1, 2023

Damon’s Mound was dominant in his July 2022 debut at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— A well-balanced field of 14, headed by Saratoga Special (GII) winner Damon’s Mound, passed the entry box Monday for the 99th running of the $500,000 Pat Day Mile (GII) for 3-year-olds racing on the main track.

The Pat Day Mile will go as the eighth race on Saturday with a 2:46 p.m. post time.

Owned by Michele and Cliff Love, Damon’s Mound debuted here last July with a 12 ½-length victory before going to Saratoga before his victory in the Special. Trained by Michele Lovell, Damon’s Mound returns to the dirt after his 2023 debut on turf at Keeneland last month.

Gabriel Saez has the mount and will break from post 13.

Three other graded stakes winners are in the field: Michael McLoughlin’s Curly Jack, Courtlandt Farms’ General Jim and Calumet Farm’s Tall Boy.

The field for the Pat Day Mile, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Kangaroo Court (John Velazquez, 118 pounds), Tall Boy (Rey Gutierrez, 120), Lugan Knight (Manny Franco, 118), Midnight Rising (Luan Machado, 118), Echo Again (Florent Geroux, 118), Frosted Departure (Brian Hernandez Jr., 118), Fort Bragg (Joel Rosario, 118), Bourbon Bash (Flavien Prat, 118), General Jim (Luis Saez, 120), Curly Jack (Edgar Morales, 118), Gilmore (Irad Ortiz Jr., 118), Gun Pilot (Tyler Gaffalione, 118), Damon’s Mound (Gabriel Saez, 122), Freezing Point (Corey Lanerie, 118).

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