By Neil Monnery

Maxfield set to return at the Matt Winn Stakes

By Neil Monnery
The Matt Winn Stakes joins the Run for the Roses Prep Season this year
The Matt Winn Stakes joins the Run for the Roses Prep Season this year

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The first of the added events in the Road to the 2020 Kentucky Derby is this Saturday and the entries are in and they include three horses already very much in contention to make it into the Churchill Downs field on the first Saturday of September.

Ny Traffic has already amassed 50 qualifying points despite not yet winning a prep race. His second place at the Louisiana Derby coupled with a third place finish in the second group of the Risen Star Stakes has put him very much in the mix.

In that very same race, Ny Traffic was pipped to second spot by Major Fed who also was placed in the Louisiana Derby (fourth) so these two horses have already seen a fair bit of each other already during this campaign.

The more interesting story on Saturday however is probably the return of Maxfield to action. Even though he only has ten points to his name, those came from a win in the Breeders' Futurity Stakes and he’s been out since following ankle surgery and wasn't going to be ready for the 2020 Run for the Roses.

Sometimes though, things just break your way and the change to a September date has certainly been welcomed by his owner and trainer and a good run on Saturday may well even put the rearranged and newly-shortened Belmont Stakes into the minds of both of them. This is the story most racing fans will be watching keenly late on Saturday afternoon.

We'll have our full Matt Winn Stakes preview up on the site on Friday afternoon.

Full list of Post Positions and Entries for the Matt Winn Stakes are below.

Post Position - Name of Horse

1 - Mystic Guide

2 - Pneumatic

3 - Informative

4 - Celtic Striker

5 - Flap Jack

6 - Ny Traffic

7 - Necker Island

8 - Crypto Cash

9 - Shake Some Action

10 - Maxfield

11 - Attachment Rate

12 - Major Fed

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