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Kentucky Jockey Club Main Attraction for 2YO Stars of Tomorrow at Churchill

Kentucky Derby 2020 Date

Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes – G2
Purse: $300,000
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Age: 2YO

Before taking any time to handicap this race, take some time to check the weather forecast for Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday when the Stars of Tomorrow II stakes day card at Churchill Downs will feature the G2 Golden Rod and the G2 Kentucky Jockey Club for 2YO hopefuls looking to gain ground towards the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby next May.

There is a 100% chance of rain throughout the day on the Saturday card where South Bend takes on Tiz the Law in the KYJC (Grade 2). The wet track could make for some big returns on investment at the windows or in ADW accounts at your favorite place to wager.

Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes 2019 Field by post position

1. Enforceable – Third in the G1 Breeders Futurity in his last start behind back-to-back winner Maxfield (currently second on the Derby leaderboard), he’ll return for his third trip around the Churchill Downs oval after going 0 for 2 to start his career here. Added blinkers to break his maiden in a 1 1/8 mile event at Saratoga for top connections two back and expect him to build upon big move made LTO.

2. Fighting Seabee – Twice a winner on turf to open campaign at Ellis and Saratoga, he’ll make his second start on dirt following a runner up finish in the Street Sense when cutting back. Gets added distance for this one with shot to complete exotics tickets.

3. Tiz the Law – ML favorite off G1 Champagne Stakes victory in last when beating Big City Bob and others. New York bred son of Constitution took his opener vs. others from the Big Apple. And appears to be headed for his third consecutive win for connections who campaigned 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide who became the first ever New York bred to win the Roses when he defeated favorite Empire Maker. Sitting on a bullet and overcame trouble while being strongly restrained in the Champagne. But he’s adding ground and expect they won’t be able to rate him as much in here. Caution.

4. South Bend – Second choice in the ML, he comes in undefeated and with two wins over the track. Took awhile for him to close into the speed in the Street Sense, but when clear he opened up. Will relish the added distance. TOP CHOICE.

5. Silver Prospector – After three unsucessful tries on turf he broke his maiden in a 6 1/2 furlong move on dirt at Keeneland, two back. Set all the fractions before tiring to 3rd in first out vs. winners effort in the Street Sense. Still, he’s one of the top four exiting that last out heat which makes the Street Sense a key race. Expect him to come out running with added ground but can’t see him fending off the closers in here.

6. Finnick the Fierce – Last out running line says he was “taken out at the start” in NW1X at Churchill earlier this month. Beat three others in maiden opener two back at Indiana. But his past performances nor his name will have any of the others running for cover from him.

7. New Eagle – Calumet homebred was a last out winner at this distance on turf. But that was at Indiana Downs in a maiden starter where the waters are shallow. Will have his fourth different rider in as many starts. Pass.

8. Two Last Words – Another Indiana Downs specialist who’s roots run deep from the Hoosier state. Tried stepping up twice without success but may try a different strategy for this his toughest yet. Was 4th in the G3 Bashford Manor here in the summer. Will probably try to be part of the leading contingent for 6 panels but don’t expect much beyond that.

9. Shotski – The last of 4 exiting the Street Sense when filling the final spot on the toteboard that day. Won two-back maiden at Laurel in easy fashion going 3/4 of a mile. Drew widest and will have to save ground throughout. Can’t see him making up the difference over the others in here.

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