The $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) features older horses sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. Carter Handicap
(G3) third place finisher Shackleford was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 8 over 2-1 Amazombie, winner of the Potrero Grande (G2) last out, and 5-1 Smiling Tiger, unraced since fourth in the Pat O'Brien (G1) at Del Mar. 13-1 Will's Wildcat led the field exiting the chute through a quarter in 21.96 before Amazombie moved up to get the half in 44.17, pressed by Shackleford to his inside. Into the lane, Shackleford moved up to challenge, and the pair dueled to the line getting 3/4 in 1:08.18. In the final 1/16 Shackleford took over the lead for good, finishing a length in front in 1:21.06. It was another 5 lengths from Amazombie to 12-1 Gantry third..
Results chart from DRF