A deep and talented field of 10 sprinters will contest Saturday's $100,000 Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II) at seven furlongs in what could be an east-west showdown of sorts.
Gulfstream Park Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) winner Dream Run looks to bounce back from a fifth-place finish in the April 13 Carter Handicap (gr. I) at Aqueduct. Trainer Paul McGee said his colt has trained forwardly since returning to Kentucky.
Another horse that ran poorly in the Carter and looks to improve is Snow Ridge, from the stable of D.Wayne Lukas. The San Crolos Handicap (gr. I) winner rattled off three straight graded stakes wins this winter in California before finishing ninth as the favorite in the Carter.
The field for the Churchill Downs Handicap includes:Ceeband (Victor Espinoza); Binthebest (Jon Court); Dream Run (Pat Day); Snow Ridge (Mike Smith); Kings Command (Alex Solis); Crafty Shaw (Edgar Prado); D'Wildcat (Corey Nakatani); Twilight Road (Rene Douglas); Storm Craft (Mark Guidry); and Accelerant (Willie Martinez).