Dogwood Preview and Picks at Churchill

Long Shot Pick and Preview in Final Downs After Dark Program at Churchill Downs

Eight 3-year-old fillies are set for Saturday’s 7 furlong sprint in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs. The Grade II race is the highlight of the final “Downs After Dark” program of the year, and the race will be running during the peak of the program party.

downs-after-dark-sept-24With bourbon, bets and bow ties the theme of the evening, a timeless Southern style sets the stage for the final races on the Saturday night card. Following the Dogwood in race 9 at 10:11 p.m. is the $100,000 President of the United Arab Emirates Cup Stakes (G1).

The Dogwood has no clear favorites but the two morning line choices are on the outside with Emmzy (5-2) and Mines and Magic (3-1). Emmzy has had a pair of four furlong works over the track since shipping in from Del Mar. In her last start, she finished second in the Indiana Oaks (G2) July 16 after pressing the pace going 1 1/16 miles. Three lengths behind in third was Mines and Magic, who had no rally bid after angling three wide at the quarter pole. Mines and Magic was then out-classed in the Grade I Del Mar Oaks August 20 where she finished seventh as a big longshot.

One True Kiss has been running against tougher foes in New York, and missed the money in her recent two stake ties as a big long shot.

Sahara has the best workouts over the past month and failed to hit the board in two minor stakes races this summer. Calvin Borel is happy to be back at Churchill Downs, and the 49-year old jockey returned to the saddle last month following a brief hiatus and he’s riding Wonderment in this race. She’s run in five-straight minor stakes without a victory since winning the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) at Turfway in April. Her recent 3-furlong bullet work could be a sign she’s ready to fire, and the Boubonette victory could be your tease for tonight’s “Downs After Dark” theme.  We’ll include her in the exotics.

Grace’s Treasure could be the gold mine at 10-1 breaking from the rail. She’s had a pair of five furlong bullet workouts in September and is 2-for-4 with both wins in her recent races. Grace’s Treasure takes her first shot in stakes company, but this is a weaker group that could be vulnerable to this filly who just won a six furlong race in a fast time under 1:10.

Not a great race, but we’ll take a long shot on Grace’s Treasure and help the fans with their betting as they enjoy a bourbon in hand and the party and festivities at “Downs After Dark”.


Post Horse Odds Jockey Trainer
1 Grace’s Treasure 10-1 J. Castanon M. Ewing
2 Wonderment 12-1 C. Borel K. McPeak
3 Marquee Miss 12-1 C. Hill I. Mason
4 One True Kiss 4-1 R. Santana, Jr. S. Asmussen
5 Luna Azteca 12-1 C. Landeros K. Von Hemel
6 Saharan 7-2 C. Lanerie J. Jerkens
7 Mines and Magic 3-1 R. Albarado V. Oliver
8 Emmzy 5-2 B. Hernandez B. Cox

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