Multi-Grade I Winner Knicks Go Makes Lukas Classic $ 400,000 Headlines

LOUISVILLE, Ky. Korea Racing Authority‘s Knicks go, the top rated horse for this year’s Breeders’ Cup Classic (Grade I), leads a compact field of six accomplished older horses who competed in Saturday’s $ 400,000 Lukas Classic (GIII) at Churchill Downs – the renowned race on the closing weekend of the September meeting.

The Lukas Classic, which could serve as the final preparation ahead of the $ 6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on November 6 in Del Mar, has been patented as 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 1 1/8 mile race shares the Saturday spotlight with the $ 300,000 Ack Ack (GIII), which becomes race 10 at 5:26 pm.

Trained by Brad cox, Knicks Go won the Dirt Mile (GI) of the $ 1 million Breeders’ Cup last year to round off their 4-year campaign. Paynter’s son, now 5, started the year with a 2 ¾ length victory in the $ 3 million Pegasus (GI) World Cup at Gulfstream Park and will enter the Lukas Classic after his score dominant 4 ½ in the $ 1. million from Whitney (GI) to Saratoga.

Knicks Go have competed four times at Churchill Downs but have yet to register a victory under the historic Twin Spiers. The Maryland breed’s quick career record includes 22 starts with eight wins, three seconds and a third with payouts of $ 5,368,995. Jockey Joel rosario, who has ridden Knicks Go in his last eight starts, will be called up on Saturday from the No.2 position.

Leader among Knicks Go competitions in the Lukas Classic is a multiple Grade II winner Tacit. The Juddmonte homebred is set to make his first start since placing seventh in the $ 20 million Saudi Cup (GI) on February 20. Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, Tapit’s 5-year-old son has won high-stakes victories at the Tampa Bay Derby (GII), Wood Memorial (GII) and Suburban (GII). New York based jockey Jose lezcano will travel to Churchill Downs on Saturday for set-up of Post 3.

Also entered Claiborne farm and Adele B. DilschneiderThe winner of the West Virginia Governor’s Cup (GIII) at $ 200,000 sprawl. Trained by Tommy Drury Jr., Sprawl won by 1 length in the West Virginia Governor’s Cup on August 7 under jockey Joe talamo. City Zip’s chestnut colt will have Talamo in irons for Saturday’s affair from post 6.

The complete course for the Lukas Classic from the rail (with jockey and trainer)

1. Chess leader (James Graham, Dallas Stewart) Victory of the New Orleans Classic (GII)ner

2. Knicks go (Rosario, Cox)

3. Tacit (Lezcano, Mott)

4. Shared meaning (Brian Hernandez Jr., Cox) winner of several bets

5. Independence Hall (Javier Castellano, Michael McCarthy) Third in the Pegasus World Cup

6. sprawl (Talamo, Drury)

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Undefeated Beau Liam seeks high stakes score in Ack Ack

Stonestreet Stables‘Undefeated Homebred Colt Handsome Liam will try to clinch their fourth consecutive victory against 10 rivals entered on Saturday 29e $ 300,000 Ack Ack (Grade III) race at Churchill Downs.

The one-mile Ack Ack, which serves as preparation for the million dollar Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (GI) at Del Mar on November 6, was patented as a 10 race with a release time of 5:26 p.m. The first post is 12:45 p.m. The Ack Ack is part of a double stakes Saturday program with the $ 400,000 Lukas Classic (GIII) led by the country’s best older horse Knicks go.

Beau Liam began his career on May 29 at Churchill Downs where he claimed his first victory by 7½ lengths in the six-meter sprint. Liam’s Map’s son was dispatched north to Saratoga where he narrowly defeated the First Level Allocation Company by a small nose in a quick seven stages on July 17. Most recently, the Bay Colt has easily defeated six-length second level enemies in one second. -level allowance at Saratoga. Trained by the Hall of Fame Steve asmussen, Beau Liam will be ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. of post n ° 10.

Among Beau Liam’s contestants who took part in Ack Ack, there are several graduated stakes winners who have traveled extensively, including Guest Following, Mo Mosa, Mr. Dumas, Plainsman, and Rushie.

The Ack Ack terrain from the rail (with jockey and trainer):

Exculpatory (Carol Cedeno, Mark Reid)

1. Mo Mosa (Jose Lezcano, Mike Maker)

2. Guest suite (Emmanuel Esquivel, Cipriano Contreras)

3. Ebben(Francisco Arrieta, Steve Margolis)

4. Mr. Dumas (Reylu Gutierrez, John Ortiz)

5. Aloha West (Corey Lanerie, Wayne Catalano)

6. Plainsman (Joel Rosario, Brad Cox)

7. Atoka (Rafael Bejarano, D. Wayne Lukas)

9. south bend (James Graham, Bill Mott)

ten. Handsome Liam (Hernandez, Asmussen)

11. Rushie (Javier Castellano, Michael McCarthy)

The Ack Ack is named in honor of the 1971 horse of the year, Ack Ack. The multiple sprint champion won the 1969 Derby Trial when he completed a mile in 1: 34.40, which broke the track record at the time.

Kevin Kerstein / Churchill Downs Press Office

Photo: Knicks Go during training at Churchill Downs on September 24. (Churchill Downs / Coady Photography)