From Horse Racing Nation/Churchill Downs Communications
WinStar Stablemates Racing’s Grade 1 winner Paris Lights will clash with Walking L Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farms’ two-time graded stakes winner Envoutante in Saturday’s $150,000 Shawnee at Churchill Downs, the local prep for the $300,000 Fleur de Lis (G2) on June 26.
The Shawnee, run at 1 1/16 miles, will go as Race 7 of 11 with a post time of 3:50 p.m. The race is one of seven stakes events on the Saturday program. The others are the $150,000 Matt Winn (G3), $150,000 Regret (G3), $150,000 Aristides (Listed), $150,000 Audubon, $150,000 Blame and $110,000 Douglas Park Overnight Stakes. First post is 12:45 p.m.
Paris Lights, trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, was victorious in mid-July’s $350,000 Coaching Club American Oaks (G1) at Saratoga. The Curlin filly was on the sidelines until April 2 where she started her 4-year-old season with a half-length score in the $150,000 Distaff Handicap (G3) at Aqueduct. She enters the Shawnee following a sixth-place effort in the $500,000 La Troienne (G1).
Tyler Gaffalione has the call from post No. 8.
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