THANKSGIVING CLASSIC FIELD SET TO KICK OFF WINTER MEET AT FAIR GROUNDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: Grant LaGrange

Racing Media Relations Coordinator

[email protected]

 

THANKSGIVING CLASSIC FIELD SET TO KICK OFF WINTER MEET AT FAIR GROUNDS

New Orleans (November 23, 2019) – The field is set for the 2019 edition of the Thanksgiving Classic as a field of 5 will be sent to post to go six furlongs over the main track at Fair Grounds.

Trainer Jack Sisterson and owner Calumet Farm will send out Sonic Mule off an eight month layoff as he prepares for his winter campaign at Fair Grounds,

“His weekly works he has been well within himself and has shown us that there is still a lot of racehorse in him,” said trainer Jack Sisterson. 

“I haven’t trained him to be 100% to win off of a layoff, he is going to improve a lot from this race. We wanted to get him down to Fair Grounds early and have some works in him. He’ll have another work tomorrow and that should put him spot on for next Thursday,” explained Sisterson.

Sonic Mule, who has finished on the board in 11 of his 15 starts, will be ridden by last year’s leading Fair Grounds rider Adam Beschizza, who will be making the call on how to place the five-year-old son of Distorted Humor,

“I’m going to leave the race riding decision to Adam ,” said Sisterson. “If he breaks running we’ll be right there on the lead but he can also sit just off it and in a 5 horse field we’ll need to stay close.”

“He’s coming in here fresh and has shown a lot of energy in the mornings so I wouldn’t be surprised to see him pop out of there and be on the lead, but it will be up to Adam.”

Sonic Mule will break from post three, and is listed at 9-2 on the morning line.

Trainer Al Stall Jr. will send out graded stakes winning Bobby’s Wicked One who has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite. In May, Bobby’s Wicked One was a game runner up in the Grade I Churchill Downs Stakes running second behind Breeders Cup Sprint winner Mitole. 

Since then, Autumn Hill Farm Racing Stable Inc’s Bobby’s Wicked One has put in two disappointing efforts, but looks to get back on track in Saturdays feature race. The four-year-old son of Speightstown has put together a career record of 13-4-4-1 thus far with career earnings over $400,000 dollars. 

Bobby’s Wicked One will be ridden by Miguel Mena, and will break from post five.

Fresh off his Breeders Cup success, trainer Brad Cox will send out Whereshetoldmetogo, who last out won a competitive allowance race at Churchill Downs opening up to win by 5 3/4th lengths. 

Madaket Stables LLC & Ten Strike Racing’s Whereshetoldmetogo has won two of his five tries at the 6 furlong distance, including a second place finish last September in the Grade III Galant Bob at Parx Racecourse in Philadelphia. 

The four year old son of El Padrino posts a career record of 18-7-4-0 with career earnings of $379,666 thus far in his career. Whereshetoldmetogo will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, break from post 1 and is listed as the co-second choice at 5-2 morning line.

Rounding out the Thanksgiving field is Tringale (post 2, Mitchell Murill, 12-1 ML,) and Wilbo (post 4, Ty Kennedy, 5-2 ML)

The Thanksgiving Classic is set to run as Race 7 on the opening day card, with approximate post time of 3:08 pm CST. 

About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, one of the nation’s oldest racetracks, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, LA, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global

Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 13 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 148th Thoroughbred Racing Season – highlighted by the 107 th running of the Louisiana Derby – will run from November 28, 2019 through March 29, 2020. More information can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.

Information set forth in this press release contains various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “Act”) provides certain “safe harbor” provisions for forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made in this press release are made pursuant to the Act. The reader is cautioned that such forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time and/or management’s good faith belief with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in the statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking information to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “might,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “will,” and similar words, although some forward-looking statements are expressed differently.

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations include the following: the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business; loss of key or highly skilled personnel; restrictions in our debt facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks related to real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations, including the impact of natural and other disasters on our operations and our ability to obtain insurance recoveries in respect of such losses; inability to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; legalization of online real money gaming and sports wagering in the United States, and our ability to capitalize on and predict such legalization; the number of people attending and wagering on live horse races; inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; inability to protect our own intellectual property rights; security breaches and other security risks related to our technology, personal information, source code and other proprietary information, including failure to comply with regulations and other legal obligations relating to receiving, processing, storing and using personal information; payment- related risks, such as chargebacks for fraudulent credit card use; compliance with the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or applicable money-laundering regulations; compliance with payment processing and payment transmission regulations; work stoppages and labor issues; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full field horseraces; inability to negotiate agreements with industry constituents, including horsemen and other racetracks; personal injury litigation related to injuries occurring at our racetracks; the inability of our totalisator company, United Tote, to maintain its processes accurately, keep its technology current or maintain its significant customers; weather conditions affecting our ability to conduct live racing; increased competition in the horseracing business; changes in the regulatory environment of our racing operations; declining popularity in horseracing; seasonal fluctuations in our horseracing business due to geographic concentration of our operations; increased competition in our casino business; changes in regulatory environment of our casino business; the cost and possibility for delay, cost overruns and other uncertainties associated with the develop.m.ent and expansion of casinos; concentration and evolution of slot machine manufacturing and other technology conditions that could impose additional costs; impact of further legislation prohibiting tobacco smoking; geographic concentration of our casino business; changes in regulatory environment for our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; increase in competition in the advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; inability to retain current customers or attract new customers to our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape relating to our advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming businesses; and failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain individuals could result in penalties or impairment in our ability to offer advanced deposit wagering, sports wagering, or online gaming.

Back to all Articles