Distinctive Dixie, winner of the Chilukki Stakes (gr. II) earlier this month, will carry top weight of 120 pounds in the $150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II) on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs Nov 25.
The Falls City, at 1 1/18 miles for fillies and mares, drew a field of six. It is the 11th race on the holiday program with a 4:24 p.m. EST post time. First post time Thursday is 11:30 a.m.
Trained by Wally Dollase for the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust, Distinctive Dixie earned her first graded stakes victory in Churchill's one-mile Chilukki Nov. 6. Robby Albarado, who was aboard the 5-year-old daughter of 2000 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Fusaichi Pegasus for that triumph, has the call again on Distinctive Dixie, who will break from post 4.
Returning to challenge Distinctive Dixie is Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Chilukki runner-up Third Dawn, winless in three 2010 starts. Now trained by Jeff Thornbury, the 4-year-old Sky Mesa filly finished 1 ½ lengths behind Distinctive Dixie in the Chilukki. She will break from post 2 under jockey Kent Desormeaux and will carry 118 pounds.
Third Dawn’s career highlights thus far have been a nose defeat to champion Stardom Bound in the 2009 Santa Anita Oaks (gr. I) and a victory in Del Mar’s Torrey Pines Stakes for 3-year-old fillies later that year. She ran third in Hollywood Park's Milady Handicap (gr. II) over Cushion Track in May.
The only other graded stakes winner in the field is Stevestan Stables’ Striking Dancer. Trained by Ken McPeek, Striking Dancer won the La Canada (gr. II) on Santa Anita’s synthetic Pro-Ride surface in February. Julien Leparoux, who rode Serenading to victory in last year’s Falls City, has the call on Striking Dancer, who will break from post 3 under 117 pounds.
Striking Dancer, a 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike, won her only start over the main track at Churchill Downs Nov. 3. That victory came in an optional claiming allowance race at 1 1/16 miles in which she defeated Falls City rivals High Quail and Ravi's Song.
$150,000 Falls City Handicap (gr. II, Race 11, 4:24 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 1 1/8 Miles
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Dundalk Dust (IL), S Bridgmohan, 114, C M Block
2. Third Dawn (KY), K J Desormeaux, 118, J D Thornbury
3. Striking Dancer (KY), J R Leparoux, 117, K G McPeek
4. Distinctive Dixie (KY), R Albarado, 120, W A Dollase
5. High Quail (KY), J L Castanon, 115, W B Calhoun
6. Ravi's Song (KY), M Mena, 114, C Bowman