Five-year-old filly She Can’t Sing surged to an early lead and never looked back to win the Chilukki Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday. The horse, who had a 7-2 odds of winning the race, romped home to a 3 3/4-length victory. Besting five other fillies in the USD300,000 race. She ran the one-mile race in one minute, 35.38 seconds, outpacing Ice Orchid and Liberty M D, who finished second and third, respectively. Race favorite Coach came home fourth, 11 1/4 lengths behind She Can’t Sing. Empire House and Mariah’s Princess rounded out the field of six horses that started in the event. Center Aisle, a known pacesetter, was supposed to start in the race but was scratched hours before the event was flagged off.
She Can’t Sing Wins Chilukki Stakes
Winning trainer Chris Block shrugged off Centre Aisle’s non-entry in the race. Saying that it did not affect his race plan for She Can’t Sing. Block said that it was a little surprising to take the early lead but he knew that his horse could go all the way. Her pace was slightly slower than her Ladies Sprint times in Kentucky Downs on September 10. She also bounced back from a sixth-place finish at last year’s Chilukki Stakes. Surprising the regular horseracing betting aficionados, She Can’t Sing led at the first call.
It was the first time since last year’s Chicago Stakes where she finished last that the filly took the early pace. It was the ninth victory of her career – fourth in Churchill Downs. Her earnings rose to US$816,588. Block said that they are planning to race She Can’t Sing as a six year old but stopped short on which event they race next year.
Dalika Returns in Churchill Downs
Beverly D. winner Dalika headlines a 10-entry field in the Grade 3 Cardinal Stakes on Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/8-mile race will flag off at 4:22 PM ET. It is the 47th edition of the Cardinal Stakes and is set to be raced 11th in a 12-race event. Two months ago, the Al Stall Jr-trained filly won by half a length in the Beverly D. It was her ninth win in 30 starts, raising her earnings to US$1,292,786.
Dalika, who trains at the Skylight Training Center in Goshen Kentucky. Delika will be ridden by Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr and break from post No. 5. The filly will compete against Grade 3 winner Adventuring and other contenders Lake Lucerne and Pass the Plate. Dalika will be one of the favorites in the race and is expected to figure in the fight for the top spot in the event, according to the top online site for sports punters.