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Shawnee Preview: Supplemented Dunbar Road Tops Field
Dunbar Road training at Santa Anita Park for the 2019 Breeders' Cup Distaff (Credit: Ernie Belmonte)

Shawnee Preview: Supplemented Dunbar Road Tops Field

LOUISVILLE, KY – Peter Brant’s Dunbar Road, a late supplemental entry, headlines the field of eight fillies and mares scheduled to run in Saturday’s $100,000 Shawnee Stakes Presented by at Churchill Downs.

The Shawnee is a 1 1/16-mile dirt event for fillies and mares ages 4 and up and is part of an 11-race card that includes four other stakes:

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1. Moonlit Garden (15/1) – After compiling a record of 27-4-6-9 in her first four years of racing, she transferred to the barn of Mark Casse, who will saddle the 6-year-old Malibu Moon mare for her 2020 debut. She was a neck away from winning the Locust Grove Stakes (G3) over this course and distance last September.

2. Chocolate Kisses (15/1) – She is the second Casse runner entered to run here after making her seasonal debut on the Fair Grounds turf, finishing second in a mile-long allowance. Her career highlight was winning last year’s 1 1/16-mile Honeybee Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn Park, her most recent victory.

3. Awe Emma (12/1) – After finding the Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) waters too deep last time out, she drops back down to the non-graded level. Though she has 4 victories on her resume, none have come away from Oaklawn Park.

4. Dunbar Road (4/5) – The morning line favorite was supplemented to the field after the early nominations list came up light on stakes winners. Chad Brown saddled her to a pair of graded stakes victories last year, including the Alabama Stakes (G1), before she ended 2019 with a fifth-place effort in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff (G1).

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5. Another Broad (10/1) – Her most recent victory came on April 13, 2019, in the Top Flight Invitational Stakes at Aqueduct, her second start for trainer Todd Pletcher. She hit the board in 3 of her 7 subsequent starts, including coming within 3/4 of a length of winning the Turnback the Alarm Handicap (G3) last fall.

6. Vault (10/1) – Trainer Brad Cox is removing the blinkers as she makes her second start of the year and while under his care. She ended 2019 with a 3-race win streak that concluded in the Thirty Eight Go Go Stakes and improved her 1 1/16-mile distance record to 6-5-1-0.

7. Flower Party (30/1) – The Irish-bred 5-year-old mare has only made 1 dirt appearance in 14 starts beween America and Italy, finishing a well-beaten fifth in a sloppy off-turf minor stakes at Fair Grounds. She has back-to-back bullets on her work tab and trainer Mike Stidham historically has a 17% strike rate with horses going from turf to dirt.

8. She’s a Julie (2/1) – The consistent 5-year-old Elusive Quality mare has put together a record of 17-6-2-4, including a 1 1/16-mile distance record of 9-4-1-1. Her biggest victory to date came in the La Troienne Stakes (G1) over this course and distance on May 3, 2019.

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