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Jockey Tyler Gaffalione aboard Mylady Curlin after winning the Falls City Handicap (G2).
The feature race on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs is the $300,000 Falls City Handicap (G2) for older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Conditions were typical for late November in Louisville, with overcast skies and temperatures in the low 40's, the main track rated fast and the turf good. Mylady Curlin was sent off as the 5-2 favorite in the field of 9 off her 2nd place finish in the Chilukki Stakes (G3). In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Princess Causeway, an allowance winner after disappointing 11th in the Valley View (G3), and 15-4 third choice Go Google Yourself, winner of the Locust Grove (G3).
Down the stretch with Mylady Curlin out front.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Mylady Curlin Gaffalione 7.00 3.80 2.80 9 Go Google Yourself Hernandez 5.60 3.20 1 Moonlit Garden Geroux 4.40 Winning Time: 1:50.11 $2 Exacta 3-9 37.40 $1 Trifecta 3-9-1 99.20 $1 Superfecta 3-9-1-8 434.00
Mylady Curlin in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Brad Cox said, "Being from Louisville it's really fun winning a race like this on Thanksgiving. The extra distance seemed to be the key this afternoon."
Right: Mylady Curlin heads back to the barn. Winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione said, "She was a really fun ride this afternoon. She was sitting in a perfect spot the entire race and was cruising comfortably the entire time. She seemed to really handle the distance well and responded very well when I asked her for her best run."
Left: Second place finisher Go Google Yourself in the paddock before the race. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. said, "We sat a great trip and thought we were gone turning for home. She ran a great race against a nice field of horses."
Right: Third place finisher Moonlit Garden heads out for the post parade. Trainer Brad Cox who also trains the winner said, "Both of our horses ran great today. Moonlit Garden was solid finishing third and we're very proud of both of them."
The field for the Falls City Handicap breaks from the gate.
The turf counterpart to the Falls City is the $175,000 Cardinal Stakes (G3), featuring a field of 11 older fillies and mares going 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course. Canadian (G2) and E.P. Taylor (G1) Stakes winner Starship Jubilee was sent off as the 1-2 favorite over 5-1 Limari, 2nd in an allowance after finishing 8th in the One Dreamer, and 12-1 Maroubra, 3rd in an allowance after finishing 10th in the Ramsey Farm.
Jockey Florent Geroux sent Limari to the lead first time by through slow fractions of 24.58, 50.02, and 1:15.87 while pressed by 46-1 Cash Out and stalked by 32-1 English Soul. Turning for home, Limari tired as favorite Starship Jubilee, 7th early under Luis Contreras, came out 4 wide and swept to the front through 1 mile in 1:42.17. 14-1 Kallio, 8th early under Tyler Gaffalione, came out 5 wide into the lane and rallied past at the 1/16 pole to win going away by 3 lengths in 1:55.07. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to English Soul third.
Full results chart from DRF
Left: Kallio in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Brendan Walsh said, "She's a bit of a difficult filly. She's sometimes not always there mentally but when she puts things together she runs very well. She had a good setup today and seemed to have really relished the ground. She's getting better with age."
Right: Kallio heads back to the barn. Winning jockey Tyler Gaffalione, who won both stakes on the card, said, "She's seemed to run everywhere this year and keeps performing well. I think she's continuing to improve with age and she really stayed into the bit today. We were cruising in the stretch."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Starship Jubilee in the post parade. Jockey Luis Contreras said, "She didn't really handle the ground well today. I thought she was in the right spot but never got a hold of the turf. It's pretty soft out there."
Right: Third place finisher English Soul walks over before the race. Jockey Declan Cannon said, "She ran a beautiful effort today. She loved the soft going and really handled the surface well. It was just a really nice effort overall to get third."