2021 Iroquois Stakes at a Glance

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The horses race in the stretch of the 2020 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs. (Eclipse Sportswire)

Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve once again. Saturday’s Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs starts the long and winding road to the run for the roses, with the top four finishers earning 10-4-2-1 points that could come in handy next year on the first Saturday in May.

The Iroquois Stakes also is a Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series “Win and You’re In” race, giving the winner an expenses-paid berth in the TVG Juvenile Presented by Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance Nov. 5 at Del Mar.

Iroquois Stakes

Racetrack: Churchill Downs, Louisville Ky.
Date: Sept. 18
Purse: $300,000
Distance: 1 1/16 miles
Race: 9
Post Time: 10:11 p.m. ET
Notable winners: Court Vision (2007), The Cliff’s Edge (2003), Harlan’s Holiday (2001).
First held: 1982

1. Tough to Tame (20-1 morning-line odds): He’s already visited the winner’s circle twice, giving him an edge over most of the horses in this field. His running style indicates he can handle two turns, but he has not raced beyond 5 ½ furlongs yet.

JOCKEY: Sophie Doyle; TRAINER: Christopher Davis

2. Lucky Boss (10-1): He broke his maiden at a mile, which helps his cause, and then finished second in the Runhappy Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes at seven furlongs. It would not be a major surprise if he hits the board.

JOCKEY: Brian J. Hernandez Jr.; TRAINER: Ken McPeek

3. Roger McQueen (10-1): Another two-time winner, he beat Lucky Boss in the Ellis Park Juvenile but figures to have a tougher time on the front end here. Has the kind of experience that makes him a possibility here.

JOCKEY: Adam Beschizza; TRAINER: Larry Rivelli                                                     

4. Strike Hard (10-1): Ships up from Florida after an odds-on maiden win at Gulfstream Park in a one-turn mile test. Continued improvement puts him squarely in the picture.

JOCKEY: Leonel Reyes; TRAINER: Matthew Williams

5. Magnolia Midnight (12-1): Turned in a mediocre effort on turf in his debut then rolled to an easy win in an off-the-turf maiden race at Colonial Downs. Should find the competition much tougher here.

JOCKEY: Corey Lanerie; TRAINER: Dallas Stewart

Stellar Tap with Asmussen (Eclipse Sportswire)

6. Stellar Tap (3-1): Years from now, he’ll be the answer to the question of which horse made Steve Asmussen the all-time winningest trainer. But there was nothing trivial about his performance, which should set him up nicely for a big effort here.

JOCKEY: Ricardo Santana Jr.; TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

7. Red Knobs (20-1): Like Magnolia Midnight, he turned in a dramatically better effort when switched from turf to dirt due to inclement weather conditions. His winning time, however, was on the slow side.

JOCKEY: James Graham; TRAINER: Dale Romans

8. Major General (4-1): He posted a debut win at Saratoga in nearly the same time as Stellar Tap but had to work harder. That experience should be beneficial here and make him a major force in this field.

weekend TV schedule

Thursday, Sept. 16: 2 p.m.-8:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Friday, Sept. 17: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. ET on FS2; post time varies on TVG

Saturday, Sept. 18: 1 p.m.-7:30 p.m. on FS2; 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

Sunday, Sept. 19: 1 p.m.-2 p.m. on FS2; 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on FS1; 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. on NBCSN; post time varies on TVG

JOCKEY: Javier Castellano; TRAINER: Todd Pletcher

9. Guntown (9-2): He flashed big improvement in his second start and won by a little more than four lengths. By the red-hot, first-crop sire Gun Runner, he should make his presence felt at two turns.

JOCKEY: Tyler Gaffalione; TRAINER: Steve Asmussen

10. Husband Material (15-1): Was a winner by a pole (20 ½ lengths!) in his second start while traveling a little more than a mile. The hitch is that it was in a race originally scheduled for the turf and this will be a much more difficult assignment.

JOCKEY: Florent Geroux TRAINER: James Toner

11. Bourbon Heist (9-2): Although he’s a maiden, he was just a neck behind Major General last time. His pedigree and running style should carry him through the two-turn distance if he can overcome a bad post position.

JOCKEY: Joe Talamo; TRAINER: Ian Wilkes

THE PICK: Stellar Tap

LIVE LONGSHOT: Lucky Boss

SUPERFECTA: 6-8-11-9

2021 Iroquois S.
September 18th, 2021

Winning Time: 1:44.88
  • Purse: $300,000
  • Distance: 1 1/16 Miles
  • Age: 2 yo
  • Surface: Dirt
  • Winning Time: 1:44.88
Results
Win
Place
Show
1st
8 Major General
$11.80
$6.60
$4.80
2nd
1 Tough to Tame
$23.40
$11.60
3rd
7 Red Knobs
$9.00
4th
11 Bourbon Heist
5th
6 Stellar Tap
6th
9 Guntown
7th
4 Strike Hard
8th
10 Husband Material
9th
3 Roger McQueen
Scratches
Payoff
Pick 3
3-9-8
3-9-8
$49
Pick 4
7-3-9/11-8
7-3-9/11-8
$509
Pick 5
9-7-3-9/11-8
9-7-3-9/11-8
$2,281
Pick 5
XC P5 BEL/WO/CD 6-2-1-9/11-8
XC P5 BEL/WO/CD 6-2-1-9/11-8
$5,125
Pick 6 Jackpot
2-9-7-3-9/11-8
2-9-7-3-9/11-8
$27,175
Daily Double
9-8
9-8
$21
Exacta
8-1
8-1
$350
Consolation Pick 3
3-11-8
3-11-8
$11
Superfecta
8-1-7-11
8-1-7-11
$2,675
Trifecta
8-1-7
8-1-7
$1,163
Payoff
Pick 3
3-9-8
3-9-8
$49
Pick 4
7-3-9/11-8
7-3-9/11-8
$509
Pick 5
9-7-3-9/11-8
9-7-3-9/11-8
$2,281
Pick 5
XC P5 BEL/WO/CD 6-2-1-9/11-8
XC P5 BEL/WO/CD 6-2-1-9/11-8
$5,125
Pick 6 Jackpot
2-9-7-3-9/11-8
2-9-7-3-9/11-8
$27,175
Daily Double
9-8
9-8
$21
Exacta
8-1
8-1
$350
Consolation Pick 3
3-11-8
3-11-8
$11
Superfecta
8-1-7-11
8-1-7-11
$2,675
Trifecta
8-1-7
8-1-7
$1,163

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