Champali After KO in Northern Dancer
A bout with colic knocked the Greg Foley-trained son of Glitterman out of a planned run in the Preakness (gr. I), but Champali has been sharp in his training over the past two weeks and has been installed as the 8-5 morning line favorite in the one-mile race for 3-year-olds.
"He's really done well the last couple of weeks," said Foley. "He acts good around the barn, he's bouncing and feeling good and I think he'll be tough."
Champali comes into the Northern Dancer off a two-race losing streak -- the longest in a career in which he has fashioned a 6-1-1 record in nine races with earnings of $333,954. Those losses included a runner-up finish to the highly regarded Midas Eyesin Churchill Downs' Derby Trial (gr. III) on April 26. He was third before that to
Pat Day will ride Champali, who will carry highweight of 122 pounds.
A major rival to Champali in the Northern Dancer is Walter "Buddy" New'sLone Star Sky, the winner of Churchill Downs' 2002 Bashford Manor (gr. III) who finished a disappointing 15th to
"I just don't know where I am with this horse," said Amoss. "He continues to train great, but we're just not getting the performance out of him."
Calvin Borel will ride
Another major player is James McIngvale's During, the Bob Baffert-trained runner-up to Best Minister in the Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico and the 3-1 second choice in the morning line.
Cornelio Velasquez, the leading rider in the Churchill Downs Spring Meet, will ride the son of Cherokee Run.
$100,000-added Northern Dancer Stakes, 3-year-olds, 1 mile
PP. Horse (Weight), Jockey, ML Odds
1. During (114), Cornelio Velasquez, 3-1
2. Crowned Dancer (114), Daniel Coa, 9-2
3. Champali (122), Pat Day, 8-5
5.Dance Pro (114), Mark Guidry, 15-1
6. Tee To Green (114), Jon Court, 30-1
7. Clock Stopper (114), Jerry Bailey, 5-1
8. Leitrim Lakes (114), Shane Sellers, 15-1