The annual running of the Grade II $175,000 Falls City Handicap will take place Thanksgiving Day at Churchill Downs this week. The Falls City is 1 1/8 miles on dirt for fillies and mares three years and up.
It will be a 10 horse field as Churchill only received 17 nominations for the race but it looks like competition should be stiff. Super Espresso, trained by Todd Pletcher, comes in off of several disappointing Grade 1 finishes, including a 7th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Ladies Classic. However, the 4-year-old filly won her last Grade 3 start in the Allaire Dupont Distaff and should prove formidable with Javier Castellano aboard.
Bill Mott’s, Arena Elvira, who was entered into both Aqueduct’s Go for Wand Handicap and the Fall City, will be coming to Louisville. The filly looks to be on the board as she has never finished worse than third in her career and is coming off of three straight victories, including taking the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct earlier this month. She will be ridden by Junior Alvarado.
Ravi’s Song, a 5-year-old mare trained by Carl Bowman, comes in having not won since March but has had three consecutive runner-up’s in the Matchmaker, Mint Julep, and most recently in the Cardinal at Churchill where she was edged by half a length. Ravi’s Song is no stranger to Churchill or the Falls City. The daughter of Unbridled’s Song has raced eight times at Churchill in her career and came in 4th in last year’s Falls City. She will break from the outside post with Corey Lanerie aboard, who won his 3,000th race earlier this February and has been on a tear this year.
The rest of the field includes: It’s Tea Time, Riviera Chic, Spring Party, Juanita, Brushed By A Star, Secret File, and Afleeting Lady. Post time is at 4:24 p.m. while the first race of the 12-race card goes off at 11:30 on Thanksgiving.