Digital Age defends title against challengers Colonel Liam and stablemate Domestic Spending in the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic GI

April 27, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Klaravich Stables’ defending champion Digital Age (IRE) and Pegasus World Cup Turf Invitational (GI) winner Colonel Liam headline a field of nine older runners entered Tuesday for Saturday’s 35th running of the $1,000,000 Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic (GI).

The 1 1/8-mile grass test will go as the 11th race on Saturday’s 14-race Kentucky Derby Day program with a 5:27 p.m. (all times Eastern) post time. First post time Saturday is 10:30 a.m.

Trained by Chad Brown, Digital Age will be attempting to join Divisidero (2016-2017), Wise Dan (2013-2014) and Einstein (BRZ) (2008-2009) as the only back-to-back winners of the Turf Classic.

Digital Age, who also won the American Turf (GII) here in 2019 in his only other start at Churchill Downs, will be ridden by Javier Castellano and exit post six.

Brown will saddle another Klaravich runner in Domestic Spending (GB).

A winner of four of five career starts, Domestic Spending will be making his first start since taking the Hollywood Derby (GI) over Thanksgiving weekend last fall at Del Mar. Flavien Prat has the mount and will exit post five.

Robert and Lawana Low’s Colonel Liam has won his past three starts on the grass, following his victory in the Pegasus with a score in the Muniz Memorial Classic (GII) at Fair Grounds. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Colonel Liam will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. from post three.

The field for the Old Forester Bourbon Turf Classic, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: 

1. Masteroffoxhounds (Joel Rosario, 120 pounds)

2. Count Again (Luis Saez, 120)

3. Colonel Liam (Irad Ortiz Jr., 124)

4. Ivar (BRZ) (Joe Talamo, 122)

5. Domestic Spending (GB) (Flavien Prat, 124)

6. Digital Age (Javier Castellano, 120)

7. Smooth Like Strait (Umberto Rispoli, 120)

8. Cross Border (Ricardo Santana Jr., 120)

9. Ride a Comet (Tyler Gaffalione, 118)

Churchill Downs Press Release

Photo: Digital Age wins the American Turf (GII) at Churchill Downs. (Churchill Downs/Coady Photography)

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