The $100,000 Claiming Crown Emerald Stakes Prep will run as Race 7 on the Sept. 16 card at Kentucky Downs. The winner will receive an automatic berth into the Claiming Crown Championship at Gulfstream Park.
The event for 3-year-olds and upward will cover one mile and seventy yards on turf and include names like Muggsamatic and Ya Gotta Wanna among the field of seven.
Here is a look at the top entrants set for the Claiming Crown Emerald Stakes.
Muggsamatic, Ya Gotta Wanna
The morning-line favorite coming in at 8/5 is Michael Dubb and Bethlehem Stables’ Muggsamatic. The 6-year-old gelding from Any Given Sunday is trained by Michael Maker.
He has a career record of 10-4-2 from 28 starts with earnings of $402,930. In 2020, he has one win and two seconds from four outings.
Last time out, he took fifth in the July 18 United Nations Stakes (G1) at Monmouth Park, which followed the victory in the June 6 Soldier’s Dancer Stakes (Black Type) at Gulfstream Park. His other two performances were runner-up finishes in the Feb. 17 Old Man Eloquent Stakes and the Jan. 18 Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes (Black Type), both at Gulfstream.
Muggsamatic’s last three runs have resulted in a 105 Speed Figure.
He will break from the outside post 7 under jockey Tyler Gaffalione.
Another top runner coming into the race is owner and trainer Steve Asmussen’s Ya Gotta Wanna, with a morning line at 5/2.
The 6-year-old gelding from Proud Citizen is 3-2-2 from 22 career starts with earnings of $188,954. He is still looking for his first on-the-board finish this season.
His last performance was a fifth-place finish in an August. 15 allowance optional claiming race at Ellis Park. Prior to that, he took eighth in a June 19 allowance optional claiming race at Churchill Downs.
Ya Gotta Win will break from post 1 under Gabriel Saez.
Steve Asmussen also has an 1A entry in the form of the 5/2 Don’task Don’ttell. The 6-year-old gelding from To Honor and Serve has a career record of 8-4-5 from 30 starts and earnings of $211,088. His 2020 season has been impressive so far, with five victories from seven outings.
Those victories included an Aug. 10 starter optional claiming race at Lone Star, where he registered a 97 Speed Figure, as well as a July 19 allowance race and June 15 starter optional claiming race at the track.
He is set to break from post 1A under Julier R. Leparoux.
The rest of the field (post, morning line) will include: Apreciado (post 2, 3/1), Strong Yen (post 3, 30/1), Patriot Drive (post 4, 8/1), Rijeka (post 5, 5/1), and Unity (post 6, 50/1).
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