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Bonny South Heads Falls City Handicap

Munnings filly steps up to face elders for first time Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

Bonny South at Churchill Downs

Bonny South at Churchill Downs

Anne M. Eberhardt

Juddmonte Farms' homebred Bonny South tops a competitive field of nine fillies and mares in the $200,000 Falls City Handicap (G2) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.

The 1 1/8-mile Falls City has been run on Thanksgiving Day beneath the historic Twin Spires since 1978 and will go as race 10 of 11 this year, with a post time of 3:53 p.m. ET. There will be a special first post of 11:30 a.m. for the holiday program. 

Bonny South was a highly touted 3-year-old after her 2 1/4-length victory March 21 in the Fair Grounds Oaks (G2), but she spent nearly four months on the sideline. The daughter of Munnings  returned in the July 11 Central Bank Ashland Stakes (G1) at Keeneland, where she finished fourth behind Speech, Venetian Harbor, and fellow Falls City rival Envoutante.

Following her Ashland effort, trainer Brad Cox shipped Bonny South to Saratoga Race Course, where she was the runner-up behind Swiss Skydiver in the Aug. 15 Alabama Stakes (G1). Bonny South will enter the Falls City following a narrow defeat in the Oct. 3 George E. Mitchell Black-Eyed Susan Stakes (G2) at Pimlico Race Course.

Jockey Florent Geroux has the mount as Bonny South breaks from post 3 in her first race against elders.

Chief among Bonny South's rivals in the Falls City is Walking L Thoroughbreds and Three Chimneys Farm's Remington Park Oaks (G3) winner Envoutante. Trained by Kenny McPeek, Envoutante has faced Bonny South twice in her eight-race career. Envoutante got the better of Bonny South by two lengths in the Ashland but was defeated by 7 1/4 lengths as the fourth-place finisher in the Alabama.

Brian Hernandez Jr. has the call from the rail.

The field includes Farfellow Farms' multiple graded stakes-placed Another Broad, who will make her first start under the care of trainer Steve Asmussen; LBD Stable and David Ingordo's Shuvee Stakes (G3) third-place finisher Our Super Freak; and G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s graded stakes-placed duo of Cash Out and High Regard, who are joined in the gate by his three-time winner Over Thinking.

Entries: Falls City H. (G2)

Churchill Downs, Thursday, November 26, 2020, Race 10

  • Grade II
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $200,000
  • 3 yo's & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:53 PM (local)
11Envoutante (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateBrian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.118Kenneth G. McPeek5/2
22Another Broad (MD)Keeneland Sales GraduateRicardo Santana, Jr.121Steven M. Asmussen10/1
33Bonny South (KY)Florent Geroux120Brad H. Cox8/5
44Smooth With a Kick (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateTyler Gaffalione121Chad C. Brown5/1
55Our Super Freak (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateGabriel Saez121Cherie DeVaux9/2
66Cash Out (KY)Edgar Morales121George R. Arnold, II20/1
77High Regard (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie121Victoria H. Oliver20/1
88Over Thinking (KY)Rafael Bejarano121Victoria H. Oliver20/1
99Market Rumor (KY)Chris Landeros118Ian R. Wilkes15/1