Illnesses Result in Defections from Churchill Stakes

From Churchill Downs
Saturday's closing day $200,000-added stakes races for 2-year-olds -- the Golden Rod (gr. II) for fillies and the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) -- have each attracted fields of six horses, although both races suffered late defections because of illness.

The most accomplished of the defectors is Dan Martin and Gerald Ayres' Joanies Bella, the winner of the Arlington-Washington Lassie (gr. III) and the Bassinet at River Downs. The Ohio-bred daughter of Mercer Mill finished third in the Pocahontas Stakes earlier in the meet, but trainer Tim Hamm told Churchill Downs officials that she has been injured and would not make the trip to Louisville, Ky.

The 1 1/16-miles Golden Rod lost Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider's Bema when the daughter of Pulpit fell ill at midweek. "She spiked a little fever," said trainer Frank Brothers. "She's fine now, but we don't want to take any chances."

Bema will be traveling to the Fair Grounds with the rest of Brothers' stable next week.

The field for the Golden Rod consists of:
Take Charge Lady, 122, Tony D'Amico, 9-5
Literary Light, 115, Larry Melancon, 6-1
Born To Dance, 122, Calvin Borel, 10-1
Lotta Rhythm, 122, Marlon St. Julien, 4-1
Wild Kandace, 115, Craig Perret, 15-1
Belterra, 117, Jon Court, 7-5

The Kentucky Jockey Club lost a prospective starter when Stewart Madison's Jeremiah Jack came down with a similar ailment. The Tom Amoss-trained son of Patton was coming off an allowance win at Keeneland at the Kentucky Jockey Club's 1 1/16-mile distance.

The field for the Kentucky Jockey Club:

Gold Dollar, 115, Donnie Meche, 6-1
Request For Parole, 117, Joe Judice, 7-2
High Star, 115, Jon Court, 10-1
Repent, 122, Tony D'Amico, 1-1
Rylstone, 122, Larry Melancon, 10-1
Sky Terrace, 117, Craig Perret, 4-1