Churchill Downs Press Release
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019) – CJ Thoroughbreds, Left Turn Racing and Casner Racing’s Sally’s Curlin recorded her first stakes victory with a strong, late-closing kick to take the $200,000 Chilukki (Grade III) on Saturday at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by leading rider Corey Lanerie and trained by Churchill Downs’ all-time leading trainer Dale Romans, Sally’s Curlin was relegated 7 ½ lengths off the early pacesetter Cairenn through a solid opening fractions of :23.39 and :46.47. While Cairenn was running solo on the lead, Mylady Curlin, Divine Queen and She’s Pretty Lucky were chasing in second, third and fourth respectively. At the head of the lane, Lanerie tipped Sally’s Curlin four wide while Mylady Curlin overtook Cairenn for the lead. In the final eighth mile, Lanerie was able to muscle past Mylady Curlin for a three-quarter length victory.
“She’s a fun horse to ride with her late-closing kick,” Lanerie said. She has a very long run. Most horses have a quicker turn of foot but this horse sustains a strong run for a quarter of a mile.”
Sally’s Curlin returned $5.80, $3.40 and $2.40. Mylady Curlin, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, paid $2.80, $2.40 while Cairenn, with Miguel Mena in the irons, faded for third and paid $4.20.
Sally’s Curlin completed the one-mile Chilukki in 1:35.60. The victory marked Lanerie and Romans’ third win in the Chilukki. The duo teamed up to win the 2014 Chilukki with Molly Morgan. Romans is now tied with Rusty Arnold II for the most victories in the Chilukki by a trainer.
She’s Pretty Lucky, Chocolate Martini and Divine Queen completed the order of finish. Still There was scratched.
With her win in the Chilukki, Sally’s Curlin has now won her last three races. Overall, the daughter of Curlin has four wins through nine starts with earnings of $287,196.