Champali Highlights Perryville Stakes

Multiple stakes-winner Champali will lead a field of six in Thursday's $100,000-added Perryville Stakes (Presented by Budweiser) at Keeneland, going on the Beard turf course distance of seven-furlongs, 184 feet.

Champali will be making his first start since finishing third to Cajun Beat in last month's Kentucky Cup Sprint at Turfway Park. The Greg Foley trainee has won seven of 12 lifetime starts for the Lloyd Madison Farms and is a perfect one-for-one at Keeneland. Pat Day, who has piloted the son of Glitterman to two stakes victories, gets the mount.

Challenging Champali will be Overbrook Farm's Clock Stopper, who encountered some trouble in the stretch during the running of the Kentucky Cup Sprint but still managed to finish second, four lengths in front of Champali. Dallas Stewart trains the son of Gilded Time.

Trainer Nick Zito will be represented by Ballado Chieftain, who will be making his stakes debut in the Perryville off a six-length maiden tally at Belmont Park. The son of Saint Ballado, owned by My Meadowview Farm and Joseph M. Cornacchia, should love the extended-sprint distance of the Perryville. Jockey John McKee has the call.

The Perryville field from the rail out:
1-- Zydeco Affair (Shane Sellers),
2-- Champali (Pat Day),
3--Ballado Chieftain (John McKee),
4--Boston Park (Cornelio Velasquez),
5--Your Bluffing (Calvin Borel)
6--Clock Stopper (Robby Albarado).