The connections of three-time grade I winner Court Vision hope the third time is the charm as the 6-year-old turf specialist makes his third consecutive start in the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) at Churchill Downs on Saturday. May 7.
The Woodford Reserve is one of three grade I races on the card for the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), and will be run as the 10th race at 4:46 p.m. (all times Eastern). Limited to 14 starters, the race was oversubscribed with three horses on the also-eligible list.
Court Vision, an earner of $2,621,521, finished third in the 2009 Turf Classic and fell a neck short in a runner-up finish to General Quarters in last year’s running. A three-time grade I winner on the turf, Court Vision will be ridden by Robby Albarado and break from post position 12.
A son of Gulch owned by IEAH Stables and Resolute Group Stables, Court Vision will be ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer Michael Nevin. Court Vision was previously trained by Rick Dutrow, who was denied a 2011 license by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.
Also expected to give a big effort in the Woodford Reserve is Prince Will I Am, a son of Victory Gallop whose victories include the Jamaica Handicap (gr. IT), W. L. McKnight Handicap (gr. IIT), and the Mac Diarmida, which he won by three-quarters of a length. Prince Will I Am has a place in Churchill Downs lore involving a jockeys’ fight. Following last year’s Breeders’ Cup Marathon, jockey Calvin Borel exchanged punches with Javier Castellano as a result of the latter’s ride aboard Prince Will I Am.
The Woodford Reserve also drew Get Stormy, the son of Stormy Atlantic who won the April 15 Maker’s Mark Mile (gr. IT) at Keeneland.
$500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. I, Race 10, 4:46 p.m.), 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, Weight
1 LITTLE MIKE, Romans, D Bravo, J 120
2 MEMORIAL MANIAC, Demeritte, L Graham, J 120
3 TEAKS NORTH, Sallusto, J Valdivia, Jr., J 124
4 MORYBA (BRZ), Mott, W Desormeaux, K 120
5 PRINCE WILL I AM, Nihei, M Velazquez, J 122
6 SMART BID, Motion, H Prado, E 122
7 GET STORMY, Bush, T Dominguez, R A 124
8 DOUBLES PARTNER, Pletcher, T Leparoux, J 120
9 AL KHALI, Mott, W Garcia, A 120
10 STATELY VICTOR, Maker, M Lebron, V 120
11 RAHYSTRADA, Hughes, B Bejarano, R 120
12 COURT VISION, Nevin, M Albarado, R 120
13 BATTLE OF HASTINGS, Fox, G Rosario, J 120
14 EXPANSION, Asmussen, S Castellano, J 120
15 CARACORTADO, Machowsky, M Talamo, J 120
16 CITRUS KID, Terranova, II, J Smith, M 118
17 RIVIERA COCKTAIL, McLaughlin, K Gomez, G 118