G2 Eight Belles Sees Speedy Munnys Gold Face Eight Rivals

May 1, 2023

Munnys Gold monstrous in the Stonehedge Farm South Sophomore Fillies (SV Photography)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Robert and Lawana Low’s undefeated Munnys Gold headlines a field of nine 3-year-old fillies for the 68th running of the $500,000 Eight Belles (GII) going seven furlongs on the main track.

The Eight Belles is Friday’s seventh race with a 2:09 p.m. post time.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Munnys Gold has won her three starts by a combined 38 lengths. She will be making her graded stakes debut in the Eight Belles and will be ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr. and break from post nine.

Red Carpet Ready breaks her maiden on debut at Churchill Downs (Coady Photography)

Ashbrook Farm and Upland Flats Racing’s Red Carpet Ready, two-for-two at Churchill Downs and winner of the Forward Gal (GIII) going seven furlongs, cuts back in distance for the Eight Belles.

Trained by Rusty Arnold, Red Carpet Ready finished third in the one-mile Davona Dale (GII) in her most recent start on March 4. Luis Saez has the mount and will break from post position six.

The field for the Eight Belles, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Condensation (Luan Machado, 118 pounds), Sabra Tuff (Tyler Gaffalione. 118), Olivia Twist (Florent Geroux, 118), Effortlesslyelgant (Ricardo Santana Jr., 118), Grand Love (Joel Rosario, 118), Red Carpet Ready (Saez, 120), Positano Sunset (Julien Leparoux, 118), Accede (Flavien Prat, 118), Munnys Gold (Ortiz Jr., 118).

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