Churchill Downs, Fair Grounds to offer Fleur de Lis Pick 4 on Saturday
Churchill Downs and Fair Grounds have teamed to offer horseplayers the cross-track "Fleur de Lis Pick 4" on Saturday with a minimum wager of 50 cents.
Here's the sequence for the inaugural Fleur de Lis Pick 4, which features 40 entries (plus two also-eligibles):
• Leg 1: Fair Grounds Race 7 (4:35 p.m. EST)
• Leg 2: Churchill Downs Race 9 (4:57 p.m. EST)
• Leg 3: Fair Grounds Race 9 (5:35 p.m. EST)
• Leg 4: Churchill Downs Race 11 (5:56 p.m. EST)
The series starts at 4:35 p.m. ET with a $41,000 maiden special weight over one mile and 70 yards at Fair Grounds that attracted nine two-year-olds.
The second leg is the 1 1/16-mile Golden Rod (G2) for two-year-old fillies, which drew eight entries led by Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) runner-up Restless Rider.
Third in the order is a competitive third-level allowance/optional claimer at Fair Grounds over about 1 1/16 miles on the turf with nine older horses.
The fourth and final leg of the sequence is the challenging 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club (G2), which lured 16 entries in the maximum field of 14 including Breeders' Cup Juvenile runner-up Knicks Go. The Kentucky Jockey Club is also a point-scoring race in the 2019 Road to the Kentucky Derby series.
Fair Grounds will serve as host of the Fleur de Lis Pick 4.
The Fleur de Lis is a symbol that is deeply ingrained in the history of both Louisville and New Orleans and has traditionally been used to represent French royalty. The English translation for the French "fleur-de-lis" is flower of the lily.