Therapist makes the grade in the Pan American (G2) April 1 at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese)
Churchill Downs Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Michael Dubb’s well-traveled Therapist, a recent Grade II winner and nine-time stakes winner, headlines a field of 11 turf marathoners that entered Saturday’s 86th running of the $225,000 Louisville Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
The 1 ½-mile Louisville is scheduled to be contested in Lane 1 on the Matt Winn Turf Course. First post Saturday is 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern). The Louisville was carded as the finale on the 11-race card with a post time of 5:58 p.m.
Therapist, a former $50,000 claim by Dubb and trainer Mike Maker, defeated stablemate and fellow Louisville entrant Bay Street Money last time in the Pan American Stakes (GII) at Gulfstream Park. The 8-year-old gelded son of Freud began his career with trainer Christophe Clement where he was victorious in eight stakes from 2017-20. Therapist was claimed for $80,000 in September by trainer George Weaver and subsequently claimed by trainer Martin Drexler before Maker’s claim in January.
Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. will have the mount from post No. 7. Maker previously won the Louisville in 2013 with Dark Cove.
Therapist’s aforementioned stablemate Bay Street Money is also entered in the Louisville. Owned by Sanford Goldfarb, Bay Street Money finished just three-quarters of a length behind Therapist in the Pan American when he rallied from 11 lengths off the early pace.
Jockey Rey Gutierrez has the call from post 2.
Other classy horses that entered the Louisville include Stuart Janney III’s multiple graded stakes placed Limited Liability, Brookdale Racing’s 2022 Jeff Ruby Steaks (GIII) winner Tiz the Bomb and Team Block’s multiple stakes winner Another Mystery.
The complete field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Limited Liability (James Graham, Shug McGaughey III); Bay Street Money (Gutierrez, Maker); Mount Rundle (Walter Rodriguez, Michelle Nihei); Tiz the Bomb (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek); English Conqueror (Julien Leparoux, Darwin Banach); Time for Trouble (Joe Talamo, Jeff Hiles); Therapist (Santana, Maker); Yamato (Isaac Castillo, Maker); Another Mystery (Jareth Loveberry, Mickey Goldfine); Foreign Relations (Declan Cannon, Conor Murphy); and Smokey Lee (David Cohen, Waylon Cundiff).