October 21, 2021

Field Day overcomes slow start, rallies to win William Walker

Field Day wins the William Walker S. at Churchill Downs (photo by Coady Photography)

Field Day got up in the final strides of Saturday’s $150,000 William Walker S. at Churchill Downs, recording his first stakes win with a neck decision in the 5 1/2-furlong turf affair for three-year-olds.

Brad Cox trains the gelded son of Broken Vow for owner/breeder Klein Racing, and Tyler Gallione had the mount.

Off as the 9-5 favorite among eight runners, Field Day was forced to switch tactics in the opening-night feature on good turf, dropping back to last after bobbling at the break. Bodenheimer sped forward at the start, establishing splits in :22.51 and :45.72.

After swinging wide for the stretch drive, Field Day closed determinedly to prevail. The bay sophomore stopped the teletimer in 1:05.63.

“We were a little worried leaving the starting gate when (he) stumbled,” Coxsaid. “With only going a short distance, positioning is always key. (He) settled in nicely around the turn and was able to run down a rally game horse on the front end.”

Bodenheimer held second at 6-1, 1 1/4 lengths better than Cees Get Degrees in third. Rockstar Ro, Into the Sunrise, Kasim, Unitedandresolute, and Lookin for Loki completed the order of finish.

Field Day was exiting a close third in the March 20 Texas Glitter S. at Gulfstream Park. The Kentucky-bred broke his maiden the second time out at Indiana Grand last fall, and after placing in a pair of entry-level allowances at Fair Grounds, he shipped to Gulfstream to notch a two-length allowance tally.

His career ledger reads 7-3-2-2, $164,170.

Field Day is the second stakes winner out of Stormy Atlantic mare Sunny Isles.