Slip Mahoney Seeks First Stakes Victory in $300K Bourbon Trail

September 17, 2023

Slip Mahoney takes an allowance July 23 at Saratoga (NYRA/Coglianese)

Churchill Downs Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky.— Gold Square’s multiple stakes placed 3-year-old Slip Mahoney will try to win his first stakes contest in Saturday’s third running of the $300,000 Bourbon Trail at Churchill Downs.

The 1 1/16-mile Bourbon Trail was carded as Race 7 at 9:05 p.m. The 11-race “Downs After Dark” program will start at 6 p.m. and feature the $300,000 Dogwood Stakes (GIII) along with the $300,000 Harrods Creek and $175,000 Seneca Overnight Stakes.

In the Bourbon Trail, Slip Mahoney began his season on the Road to the Kentucky Derby when he was the runner-up finisher to Raise Cain in the Gotham (GIII) at Aqueduct. Slip Mahoney has been primarily based with trainer Brad Cox’s New York string where he defeated five rivals, including Harrods Creek Stakes competitor Mount Up, in a July 23 allowance contest at Saratoga. One month ago, Slip Mahoney finished a head behind his stablemate Tabeguache in the St. Louis Derby. Slip Mahoney will be ridden by Gerardo Corrales from post No. 2.

Another intriguing entrant in the Bourbon Trail is Petal Power Racing Stable’s Super Derby winner Big Data. Trained by Michael Lerman, Big Data rallied from just off the pace in Louisiana Downs’ Super Derby to defeat six rivals by three-quarters of a length. The son of Cloud Computing has only finished off the board once through eight starts. Jockey Emisael Jaramillo will have the call from post 7.

Here is the complete field for the Bourbon Trail from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Manaciata d’Oro (Manny Esquivel, Brad Cox); Slip Mahoney (Corrales, Cox); Denington (Corey Lanerie, Kenny McPeek); Shirl’s Bee (Leparoux, Stewart); Oscar Eclipse (Cristian Torres, Brian Lynch); Lincoln Highway (Rafael Bejarano, Vicki Oliver); and Big Data (Jaramillo, Lerman).

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