Knicks Go make 2-5 favorites for Grade III, $ 400,000 Lukas Classic

Beau Liam set to keep his unbeaten streak intact as 3-1 favorite Ack Ack

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Korea Racing Authority‘s Knicks go, the top ranked horse in the NTRA Top Thoroughbred Poll after convincing victories in this year’s Pegasus World Cup (GI) at Gulfstream Park and Whitney (GI) in Saratoga, has become the overwhelming favorite in row 2-5 of the morning at Saturday’s $ 400,000 Lukas Classic. (Grade III) at Churchill Downs – his final test before tackling the $ 6million Breeders’ Cup Classic (GI) on November 6 at Del Mar.

“He is a horse that invests a lot in his training and he did it before the race on Saturday”, trainer Brad cox noted. “He’s accomplished a lot this year and we think the Lukas Classic is a good race to go ahead of the Breeders’ Cup. This race does not require him to embark and he can leave his own pit.

Knicks Go (22-8-3-1 – $ 5,368,995) put in a solid 1½-mile canter early Thursday morning before heading to school in the paddock at 10 am. Ben colebrook but did not register a victory under the Twin Spiers.

Knicks Go are set to face five rivals in the 1 1/8 mile Lukas Classic, including Juddmontemultiple graduated stakes of winning homebred Tacit. Tapit’s gray son has come to trainer Bill Mott‘s Churchill Downs base earlier in the week from Saratoga. Saturday’s race will be the first time Tacitus has competed since finishing seventh in the $ 20 million Saudi Cup (GI) in February.

The Lukas Classic is the eighth race in Saturday’s 11-race schedule. The first post is at 12:45 p.m. (EST) and the Lukas Classic will be at 4:22 p.m. Named after the Hall of Fame coach D. Wayne Lukas, the race shares the spotlight on Saturday with the $ 300,000 Ack Ack (GIII), which rolls out as race 10 at 5:26 pm.

The complete course for the Lukas Classic from the rail (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds):

1. Chess leader (James Graham, Dallas Stewart, 20-1) Winner of the New Orleans Classic (GII)

2. Knicks Go (Joel Rosario, Cox, 2-5)

3. Tacitus (Jose Lezcano, Mott, 5-2) Winner of $ 3.7 million

4. Shared meaning (Brian Hernandez Jr., Cox, 15-1) winner of multiple stakes

5. Independence Hall (Javier Castellano, Michael McCarthy, 10-1) Pegasus World Cup Third

6. Spreading (Joe Talamo, Tommy Drury Jr., 12-1) Winner of the Governor of West Virginia (GIII)

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Beau Liam set to keep his unbeaten streak intact as 3-1 favorite Ack Ack

Stonestreet Stables‘Undefeated Homebred Colt Handsome Liam was made the little favorite of the morning line 3-1 against 10 rivals who entered the 29 on Saturdaye $ 300,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) race at Churchill Downs.

Trained by the Hall of Fame Steve asmussen, Beau Liam (3-3-0-0 – $ 171,888) is the less experienced horse in the Ack Ack with just three previous starts. The 10 other competitors in the race made an average of 17 starts in their lifetime. Beau Liam shot the No.10 post for Saturday’s one-mile event, his debut in the stakes. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. will replace to pilot Liam’s Map fast wire for regular rider Ricardo Santana Jr., who will roll Gunit in the $ 500,000 champagne (GI) at Belmont Park in New York for Asmussen.

Beau Liam returned from Saratoga to Churchill Downs a week ago and recorded an easy half-mile move on Monday in: 49.20. He also did his classes in the paddock on Thursday morning.

Here is the complete field for the Ack Ack (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds):

1. Disculpatory (Carol Cedeno, Mark Reid, 10-1)

2. MB Mosa (Jose Lezcano, Mike Maker, 12-1)

3. Guest suite (Emmanuel Esquivel, Cipriano Contreras, 15-1)

4. Ebben (Francisco Arrieta, Steve Margolis, 15-1)

5. Sir Dumas (Reylu Gutierrez, John Ortiz, 12-1)

6. Aloha West (Corey Lanerie, Wayne Catalano, 7-2)

7. Plainsman (Joel Rosario, Brad Cox, 6-1)

8. Atoka (Rafael Bejarano, D. Wayne Lukas, 15-1)

9. south turn (James Graham, Bill Mott, 12-1)

10. Handsome Liam (Hernandez, Asmussen, 3-1)

11. Rushi (Javier Castellano, Michael McCarthy, 4-1)

The Ack Ack serves as a prep for the million dollar Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) in Del Mar on November 6.

MEET LEADERS – With four days remaining in the September meeting, Tyler Gaffalione held a slim lead over Brian Hernandez Jr. in the ranking of jockeys 11-10 victories. Joe talamo was third with six wins. … Hernandez won with 8 of his 27 mounts last week for a gain of 30%. … Kenny McPeek had a 6-4 lead in the coaching standings Steve asmussen after winning with five of his nine starters last week. … WinStar Farm and Siena Farm took first place in the owners’ ranking with three wins.

TV PROGRAM – The Churchill Downs races are scheduled to air this week on “America’s Races Day” on the Fox Sports family of networks. Here is the broadcast schedule:

Thursday: 2:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fox sports 2

Friday: 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m .; Fox sports 2

Saturday: 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Fox sports 2

Sunday: 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Fox Sports 2; | 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Fox Sports 1 | 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Fox sports 2

Memorial to celebrate ‘Doc’ Richardson Saturday 2 pm-4pm

A public memorial to celebrate the life of fire Dr J. David “Doc” Richardson will take place on Saturday (October 2) at Churchill Downs.

Richardson, the distinguished Louisville surgeon who was an owner, breeder and widely respected leader in the horse racing industry, died Sept. 7 in Saratoga Springs, NY of complications from a groundbreaking COVID infection. He was 76 years old.

The celebration will take place Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) in the Starting Gate Suites, 4th Floor. Guests must enter Churchill Downs through the Executive Gate, which is located next to the Kentucky Derby Museum, near the Barbaro Horse Statue.

Saturday’s sixth race, scheduled to take place around 3:18 pm, will be dedicated to “Doc” and “J. The David ‘Doc’ Richardson Celebration of Life Trophy” will be presented to the winning connections.

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Mandatory payment on closing day for Derby City 6

A lucrative Derby City 6 total pool could wait for punters on Sunday for the closing day of the Churchill Downs 12-day September fixture. There is a carryover jackpot of $ 59,784 on Thursday (races 3-8). The pot will be rewarded on Sunday if there is not a single winning ticket on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.

The Derby City 6 jackpot prize pool is only paid out if there is a single winning ticket. When multiple tickets contain six winners, 90 percent of the daily prize pool is paid out and 10 percent is added to the carryover of the jackpot.

Because Sunday is the closing day, there will be a mandatory payment from Derby City 6 with all funds distributed to ticket holders with the most winners in the six-race series. Sunday’s Derby City 6, which costs just 20 cents per suit, is expected to cover Races 5 through 10 starting around 2:45 p.m. (Eastern Time).

Take-out on Derby City 6 is only 15%, which is one of the lowest multi-race betting withdrawal rates in American races.

Fans can bet on Derby City 6 on track at Churchill Downs;, the official online betting platform of the circuit; other online betting points; and certain satellite betting centers across North America.

BOTTOM STRETCH – The last Twilight Thursday presented by Blue Moon of the calendar year will kick off the closing week of the September meeting. Thursday’s eight-race card had a 5 p.m. opening post and featured $ 1 Blue Moon and a selection of local beer, local food trucks, and live music from Roadie. There was a carryover of $ 59,784 in the Derby City 6 to 20 cents that spanned races 3 through 8.… jockey Mitchell murrill began serving a three-day suspension on Thursday. It is due to ride on Sunday. … Churchill Downs training hours will be 5:30 am to 9:00 am from October 4 to 11 with a renovation break at 7:00 am… Sunday is Law Enforcement Day at Churchill Downs. Law enforcement officers will receive free general admission with valid ID. Discounted restaurant tickets are also available for agents. These tickets can be purchased by calling the group sales office at 502-636-4450 or by emailing [email protected]

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Darren Rogers / Churchill Downs Media Services

Photo: Knicks Go won the 2020 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Keeneland (Keeneland / Coady Photography)