Churchill Saturday Preview
CHURCHILL SATURDAY PREVIEW
SUM OF THE PARTS (Speightstown), a convincing winner in his lone career start, heads a field of 11 two-year-olds in Saturday's 110th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor S. (G3) at Churchill Downs. The six-furlong race, the first graded stakes race of the year for two-year-olds, is scheduled as the 12th and featured event on a special 13-race program on the closing weekend of the historic track's 38-day spring meet.
The Bashford Manor, which was first run in 1902, is named in honor of the prominent Louisville Thoroughbred breeding farm owned by George James Long, who bred three winners of the Kentucky Derby on the property. The farm bred and raced Derby winners Azra (1892) and Sir Huon (1906) and bred 1899 winner Manuel. Bashford Manor also owned Kentucky Oaks winners Selika (1894) and Kathleen (1916).
The Tom Amoss-trained Sum of the Parts turned heads early in the meet with a flashy 2 3/4-length victory as the favorite in his 4 1/2-furlong racing debut on May 14. That is the lone start for the colt that is bidding to join Lone Star Sky (2002) and Backtalk (2009) as Bashford Manor winners saddled by Amoss.
"He's a horse we're very excited about," Amoss said. "I thought his race was really good, and the horse that ran second to him, Exfactor (Exchange Rate), won his next race. Exfactor won a split (maiden) race and he ran a lot faster than the other division, so that was encouraging."
Leandro Goncalves will retain the mount.
EXFACTOR will get a shot at turning the tables on Sum of the Parts in the Bashford Manor. After his runner-up finish in his debut, the gray colt scored by an easy 4 1/2 lengths at 5 1/2 furlongs on June 9. Calvin Borel returns.
Flint will also be represented by BONAPARTE (Touch Gold), a speedy colt who rolled to a front-running, 5 1/2-length victory at 4 1/2 furlongs in his lone start on May 30. Jon Court is up.
Unbeaten Texas invader LIL CHEROKEE (Cherokee Run) is the only member of the field with stakes experience, winning the colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on June 11 at Lone Star Park. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the Texas-bred colt will carry high weight of 120 pounds, including Miguel Mena.
Other contenders include POWER WORLD (Distorted Humor), who overcame traffic problems to win his June 11 career debut at Churchill Downs at odds of 14-1; TARPY'S GOAL (High Cotton), a May 19 debut winner for trainer Dale Romans; HOT SPEED (Burning Roma), who ships up from Florida off a four-length victory in his second career outing at Calder Race Course; FRISCAN (Two Punch), who won his only start for trainer Al Stall Jr. at Keeneland on April 14; and GREEN MOUSE (Cherokee Run), a 3 1/2-length winner over a sloppy track in his second career start on May 26.
Two colts will bid to score their first career victory in the Bashford Manor, LAURIE'S ROCKET (Bluegrass Cat) and CHALYBEATE SPRINGS (Dynaformer). The former is trained by Dallas Stewart and exits a runner-up in his career bow while the latter posted a dull fifth in his only outing for D. Wayne Lukas, a five-time Bashford Manor winner.
Another event of note on Saturday's 13-race program is the 11TH race, a 6 1/2-furlong allowance/optional claiming race with a field of nine that includes Grade 1-winning comebacker DUBLIN (Afleet Alex). Seventh in last year's Kentucky Derby (G1), the Lukas runner hasn't started since a fifth in last year's Preakness (G1).
On the Kentucky worktab
HAMAZING DESTINY (Salt Lake), the 2010 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) runner-up, toured three furlongs in :35 4/5 over the fast main track at Churchill Downs on Wednesday.
JUST LOUISE (Five Star Day), the undefeated winner of the 2010 Debutante S. (G3) who's been sidelined for the past year, sped five panels in a bullet 1:00 2/5.
Stakes winner KARAMA (Macho Uno), third in the Indiana Derby (G2) when last seen in October 2009, logged three furlongs in :38 2/5 over the Keeneland Polytrack.
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