Tapitsfly, winner of the 2009 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita, will carry top weight of 117 pounds when she faces six rivals in the $100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the Churchill Downs turf Nov. 6.
The 1 1/8-mile Cardinal, for fillies and mares, was won last year by Askbut I Won'ttell. This year's renewal will go as the 10th race on an 11-race program with a 5:15 p.m. EDT post time. Post time for the first race on the Sunday program that closes out Breeders’ Cup weekend at Churchill is 12:40 p.m.
Trained by Dale Romans for owner Frank Jones Jr., Tapitsfly has run twice on the Matt Winn Turf Course in her career, with her best finish coming when she finished a neck behind My Baby Baby and Cardinal entrant Ravi's Song in the Early Times Mint Julep (gr. III) July 11. Robby Albarado has the mount on Tapitsfly, who will break from post 5.
Mrs. Yoshio Fujita’s Ravi’s Song is the next high weight at 116 pounds. Trained by Carl Bowman, Ravi’s Song followed up her Mint Julep runner-up finish with a second-place finish in the Matchmaker Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Monmouth Park. Corey Lanerie has the mount on Ravi’s Song, who will break from post 3.
An intriguing member of the Cardinal field is Juddmonte Farms’ Deluxe, trained by Bill Mott. The 4-year-old Storm Cat filly is a daughter of Hasili, who has produced five group or grade I winners, including Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. IT) winners Banks Hill and Intercontinental.
Deluxe, winless in two U.S. starts, will carry 115 pounds and break from post 6 under Julien Leparoux.
$100,000 Cardinal Handicap (gr. IIIT, Race 10, 5:15 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. A She's Adorable (KY), B J Hernandez Jr., 115, M Stidham
2. Distorted Love (KY), M Mena, 114, H Pitts
3. Ravi's Song (KY), C J Lanerie, 116, C Bowman
4. Kiss Mine (KY), E S Prado, 114, D R Vance
5. Tapitsfly (KY), R Albarado, 117, D L Romans
6. Deluxe (KY), J R Leparoux, 115, W I Mott
7. Mutually Benefit (KY), M Guidry, 114, T F Proctor