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Field Day Rallies from Last to Win William Walker
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Field Day Rallies from Last to Win William Walker

LOUISVILLE, KY – Trainer Brad Cox kicked off Kentucky Derby week in style when Klein Racing homebred Field Day rallied from last to win Saturday’s featured $150,000 William Walker Overnight Stakes on Opening Night of the 2021 Spring Meet before 11,505 fans at Churchill Downs.

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Field Day, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, stumbled at the break and was relegated to eighth up the backstretch behind a swift :22.51 early 1/4-mile from pacesetter Bodenheimer. Gaffalione had Field Day positioned at the rail but switched to the 3 path to begin his charge at the leader.

Around the far turn, following a 1/2-mile fraction of :45.72, Gaffalione tipped Field Day to the outside and made a bold rally down the center of the track to get past Bodenheimer at the wire.

Field Day completed the 5 1/2-furlong journey in 1:05.63 on the listed “good” Matt Winn Turf Course.

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“We were a little worried leaving the starting gate when she stumbled,” said Cox, who is the trainer of early Derby favorite Essential Quality. “With only going a short distance, positioning is always key. She settled in nicely around the turn and was able to run down a rally game horse on the front end.”

Field Day, who was the 9/5 post time favorite, paid $5.60, $3.60 and $3.20. Bodenheimer, with jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard, returned $7 and $3.80. Cees Get Degrees, at odds of 29/1, finished third under Colby Hernandez and paid $8.80.

Rockstar RoInto the SunriseSasimUnitedandresolute and Lookin for Loki completed the running order.

Field Day is a 3-year-old bay gelding by Broken Vow out of the Stormy Atlantic mare Sunny Isles.

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