The Mexican Triple Crown winner Kukulkan, who last raced in the Jan. 26 Pegasus World Cup (G1), is entered to race again on Friday at Churchill Downs.
The featured eighth of nine races under the Twin Spires, an allowance optional claiming event, attracted a borderline stakes-quality field of older horses going 1 1/16 miles with graded winners My Boy Jack and Hawakkom also among 10 entered.
Friday’s purse is worth $91,000 with post time at 4:22 p.m. ET.
Trainer Ignacio Correas said last month that he had Kukulkan in his care at Keeneland for another U.S. start, but that Fausto Gutierrez would remain the trainer of record. That’s the case, with Brian Hernandez Jr. named to ride.
Kukulkan, a winner in 14 of 15 lifetime races, finished 11th in the Pegasus going over the Gulfstream slop.
“We talked about it, and we think, if he can win the allowance race at Churchill, maybe it’ll be worth it for him to stay (in the United States) and have a campaign here,” Correas said. “You need to beat those types of horses before you can jump into stakes.
“It’s not going to be easy, but he has faced tough competition before. If a horse can win 14 straight races, he’s going to be able to race anywhere in the world.”