Field of Eight Set for $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes
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Fri 12/06/2015 - 14:30 EDT
Bob Baffert will saddle Fame and Power as the morning line favorite at odds of 6-5 for owner Juddmonte Farms. A dark bay son of First Defence, he has been on the board in five of his seven starts and is a two-time winner. He earned the first stakes victory of his career last time out in the Sir Barton Stakes and has been training forwardly since that winning effort. Victor Espinoza will be aboard for the first time and they will break from post position five.
Bold Conquest trying for first win of the year
Bold Conquest has been tabbed as the second choice at odds of 5-2 on the morning line for trainer Steve Asmussen. A chestnut son of Curlin, he has been on the board in six of his eight starts but is winless from four outings this year. He turned in his best performance so far to finish second behind Fame and Power in the Sir Barton Stakes. Ricardo Santana, Jr. will remain in the irons and they are scheduled to break from post position seven.
Nileator attempting to break maiden in style
Also in the field at morning line odds of 8-1 is Nileator for trainer Dale Romans. A homebred son of Pioneerof the Nile for Zayat Stables, the dark bay colt will be stepping up to stakes company for the first time after four starts against maiden competition. He was second last time out over an off track at Churchill Downs. Javier Castellano, aboard for a third-place effort two back, will be back aboard from post position three.
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