“Churchill Downs released its 2009 spring meet stakes schedule, and it’s fine while reflecting the trimming almost every track in America is facing today—even Keeneland. And while I have absolutely no problem with the track renaming a stakes for the ill-fated Eight Belles, I do believe Churchill shouldn’t have just unceremoniously done so at the expense of a stakes named for *La Troienne, arguably the most influential broodmare of all time.”
Louisville Courier-Journal Turf writer Jennie Rees on her blog at courier-journal.com. The Louisville track recently changed the La Troienne Stakes (G3), a seven-furlong race for three-year-old fillies that was named in 1967 in honor of United States racing’s most influential
broodmare, to the Eight Belles Stakes (G3).