Papilio Heads Wide-Open Field in G3 Regret

May 31, 2023

Papilio all class in winning the Appalachian (G2) April 8 at Keeneland (Keeneland Photo)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— D. J. Stable, Medallion Racing, Barry Fowler and Parkland Thoroughbreds’ classy 3-year-old turf specialist Papilio (IRE) tops a wide-open field of six fillies entered in Saturday’s $225,000 Regret Stakes (GIII) at Churchill Downs.

Run at 1 1/16 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course for 3-year-old fillies, the Regret is slated as Race 5 with a post time of 2:45 p.m. The first of 11 races on the Saturday program will get underway at 12:45 p.m. Dubbed as “Stephen Foster Preview Day”, the stakes-riddled card will also include the $225,000 Arlington (GIII), $225,000 Blame (GIII), $225,000 Shawnee (GIII), $225,000 Aristides (Listed) and $225,000 Audubon.

Trained by Mark Casse, Papilio finished fourth, beaten one length in the $500,000 Edgewood (GII) on Kentucky Oaks Day. Previously, the daughter of Starspangledbanner (AUS) was victorious in the Appalachian (GII) at Keeneland. The 2023 Kentucky Derby (GI) winning rider Javier Castellano will have the call from post No. 5.

RyZan Sun Racing and Madaket Stables’ Mission of Joy is set to return in the Regret for trainer Graham Motion. Mission of Joy finished a troubled third in the Edgewood under jockey Joel Rosario when she had to alter course in the late stages of the 1 1/16-mile contest. Prior to competing in the Edgewood, Mission of Joy won the Florida Oaks (GIII) at Tampa Bay Downs. Jockey Tyler Gaffalione will have the mount for the first time from post 3.

Here is the field for the Regret from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Miss Riddler (Luis Saez, Eddie Kenneally); Girl Named Charlie (Edgar Morales, Tom Amoss); Mission of Joy (Gaffalione, Motion); Mrs. Astor (John Velazquez, Jonathan Thomas); Papilio (IRE) (Castellano, Casse); and Sabalenka (Ricardo Santana Jr., Whit Beckman).

The Regret will be run four weeks in advance of the $225,000 Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs.

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