Entries and J’s Picks for Shawnee Stakes at Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 23

Race 7. Shawnee Stakes.  For four-yar-old fillies and mares a 1 /16 miles on the dirt . Purse $100,000. 


PP Filly/ Mare  Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Moonlit Garden  Tyler Gaffalione Mark Casse 15/1
2 Chocolate Kisses  Declan Carroll Mark Casse 15/1
3 Awe Emma  Jon Court Dallas Stewart 12/1
4 Dunbar Road  Jose Ortiz Chad Brown 4/5
5 Another Broad  John Velazquez Todd Pletcher 10/1
6 Vault  Joel Rosario Brad Cox 10/1
7 Flower Party  Shaun Bridgmohan Michael Stidham 30/1
8 She’s a Julie  Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steve Asmussen 2/1

The class of field are the Grade 1 winners Dunbar Road and She’s a Julie.

Dunbar Road won four of her first five starts. She won the prestigious Alabama Stakes (G1). She finished third in the Juddmonte Spinster Stakes (G1) and fifth in the Longines Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1). 

She’s a Julie has three wins over the course. She won the La Troienne (G1). She has speed and mostly will be asked leaving post position eight. She should be able to slow the pace down going down the backstretch. She should finish in top two.

Vault is 5-1-0 from six starts at the distance. She will be racing without blinkers. She ran fourth in her first start of the year.

J’s Top Three Picks:

  • Dunbar Road
  • She’s a Julie
  • Vault

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