Cancellation, Disappointment, & Fun: Churchill Downs Racing Club Comes to Saratoga

When Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas agreed to train horses for the recently established Churchill Downs Racing Club, he figured that he and the club members would be in it mostly for the fun. He didn’t quite envision that that fun would involve a Grade II stakes race at Saratoga, but Friday afternoon, that’s what they got.

At 12-1 on the morning line and 27-1 at post time, Dial Me, one of two horses in the fully subscribed Club,was the longest shot in the re-scheduled Grade II Adirondack Stakes, but on the day before the race, Lukas had more confidence in his Dialed In filly than the public did.

“I think we’re competitive,” he said. “Obviously you don’t go into a Grade II thinking you’re just going to wipe everybody up, but she’s done well.”

In the Adirondack, the filly was making her first start outside of Kentucky after running fifth in her debut at Churchill Downs and breaking her maiden at Ellis Park in July. She was scheduled to run in the Adirondack last Saturday, but a series of storms cancelled the card, putting off her stakes debut until Friday.

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