LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Billings-owned Golden Ticket will be starting from the rail Saturday night in the $500,000 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.
The 4-year-old thoroughbred, owned by Carter Stewart and Ken Schlenker of Magic City Thoroughbred Partners of Billings, will be ridden by Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Joel Rosario.
The winner of the 1 1/8-mile race for six high-quality older thoroughbreds will receive an automatic, expenses-paid berth into the $5 million Breeder's Cup Classic Nov. 2 at Santa Anita in California.
Post time will be around 7:40 p.m. Mountain time. The race will be televised nationally on HRTV.
Golden Ticket, a long shot at 12-1 odds, will be joined in the Grade 1 stakes race by Successful Dan, Ron the Greek, Take Charge Indy, Fort Larned and Pool Play.
Successful Dan is the morning-line favorite at 2-1 after drawing the outside post position.
Ron the Greek, a 6-year-old, won last year's race. Fort Larned, which has lifetime earnings totaling $3.7 million, was the winner of last year's Breeder's Cup Classic.
Golden Ticket won the $1 million Travers Stakes in a dead heat with Alpha last summer in New York. The Kentucky-bred horse has made 16 starts, and has $730,135 in career earnings.
He has four firsts, four seconds and three thirds to his credit.
Rosario also guided Golden Ticket to a 2 ½-length victory in a one-mile allowance/optional-claiming race on May 2 at Churchill Downs, where he has been training under Ken McPeek.