Review of Matt Winn Stakes,(G3), at Churchill Downs on June 15

The Matt Winn Stakes is annually at Churchill Downs. The race is open to three-year-old horses, it is contested on dirt and at a distance of ​1 1/166 miles.

The race was inaugurated in 2002 as the Northern Dancer Stakes. Its name was changed in 2011 to honor Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs’s Col. Matt Winn, who served as president and general manager of the historic track from 1902 to 1949. Known by the media as “Mr. Derby,” Winn is credited with building the Kentucky Derby into America’s greatest race and one of the world’s great sports events.

Race 5. Matt Winn Stakes,(G3). For three-year-old at 1 1/16 miles on dirt. Purse $150,000.


PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Limonite Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen 7/2
2 Signalman Brian Hernandez, Jr. Kenneth G. McPeek 4/1
3 Nolo Contesto Joel Rosario John W. Sadler 3/1
4 Knicks Go Tyler Gaffalione Ben Colebrook 5/1
5 Proverb Calvin H. Borel Ron Moquett 15/1
6 Mr. Money Gabriel Saez Bret Calhoun 2/1
7 Armistice Day Corey J. Lanerie Thomas Drury, Jr. 20/1

Nolo Contesto is the proven class of the field. He defeated Omaha Beach earlier this year and then matched up against the likes of Roadster and Game Winner in his next two starts out in California, including finishing fourth in the Santa Anita Derby.

Mr. Money easily won the Pat Day Mile at odds of 7-1. He has found success cutting back in distance following a fifth-place effort in the Louisiana Derby (G2).

Signalman needs to find his two year ability. He finished ninth in the Preakness in his most recent start. He won in November the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2). He ran seventh in the Fountain of Youth (G2) and third in the Blue Grass (G2). He has the class to be competitive.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Nolo Contesto
  • Mr. Money
  • Signalman

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