Bonny South winning the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Juddmonte’s multiple graded stakes winning filly Bonny South was made the 9-5 morning line favorite as the headliner in Thursday’s 106th running of the $500,000 Grade 2 Falls City, the centerpiece on the Thanksgiving Day program from Churchill Downs.
Bonny South, trained by Brad Cox, was the 8-5 favorite in last year’s edition of the Falls City but fell short to eventual winner Envoutante. The accomplished 4-year-old daughter of Munnings finished third in the $500,000 G1 Spinster to multiple G1 winner Letruska. Prior to her Spinster effort, Bonny South nearly defeated Letruska in the $600,000 G1 Personal Ensign at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., but came up a half-length short.
“We kept her here at Churchill since the summer and pointed her to this race after the Spinster,” Cox said. “She ran well last time at Keeneland against Letruska who went gate-to-wire. I think this is a good spot for her to cap off this year’s campaign.”
The Thanksgiving Day card at Churchill Downs has been a Louisville tradition since 1969. There are more than 7,000 turkey dinners executive chef Dave Danielson and his team scheduled to be served. First post is 11:30 a.m. (all times Eastern) and the 1 1/8-mile Falls City will go as Race 11 of 12 at 4:22 p.m.
Here is the Falls City field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer, and morning line odds): Crystal Ball (Tyler Gaffalione, Rodolphe Brisset, 7-2); Cheetara (CHI) (Julien Leparoux, Ignacio Correas IV, 15-1); High Regard (Rafael Bejarano, Vicki Oliver, 15-1); Envoutante (Brian Hernandez Jr., Kenny McPeek, 7-2); Army Wife (Joel Rosario, Mike Maker, 5-2); Bonny South (Florent Geroux, Cox, 9-5); and Audrey’s Time (Corey Lanerie, Neil Pessin, 15-1).
Wagering is available online at www.TwinSpires.com, the official ADW of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
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