Stars of Tomorrow Set for Bashford Manor at Churchill
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Fri 01/07/2016 - 23:53 EDT
The $100,000 Grade 3 Bashford Manor Stakes July 2 at Churchill Downs features a field of nine up-and-coming two year olds in a race that may be as confusing as it is competitive.
Tip Tap Tapizar is the 3/1 morning line favorite for trainer Steve Asmussen after breaking his maiden at first-asking June 11 at Churchill Downs. The son of Tapizar looked precocious in that debut effort, settling calmly behind runners before powering home in the stretch. Asmussen’s success with juvenile runners is well-documented and this colts figures to improve with added ground and racing experience. Jockey Ricardo Santana will be aboard while breaking from post 3.
Classic Empire draws tough post
4/1 second choice Classic Empire didn’t get any favors in terms of post position as the Mark Casse trainee will break from the rail. The son of Pioneerof the Nile was also a first-out winner, easily besting a maiden special weight field May 4 at Churchill. Out of the Cat Thief mare Sambuca Classica, this colt is bred to run all day and is another one to watch regardless of the outcome of this race.
Recruiting Ready looks live
Recruiting Ready, also 4/1 on the morning line, will start from the outside post under jockey Edgar Prado. The Horacio DePaz trainee looked ultra-impressive May 28 beating a maiden special weight field at Pimlico and ships to Kentucky in search of a stakes victory. Recruiting Ready is a son of the precocious Algorithms, who retired prematurely, but unbeaten after winning the Grade 2 Holy Bull Stakes in 2011 and defeating the previously unbeaten Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Hansen.
One of the most historic - and controversial - editions of the Kentucky Derby is in the books and the next leg of the US Triple Crown moves to Baltimore's Pimlico Race Course for the running of the Preakness Stakes. The 1 3/16 test over the Pimlico dirt track is drawing a wide-open field of three-year-old thoroughbreds gunning for the $1.5 million purse.
Led to the gate by pre-race morning line favorite Omaha Beach, a full field of 20 are set to line up for the 145th Kentucky Derby on late Saturday afternoon. They're running for a total purse of $3 million on the 1 1/4 mile Churchill dirt course and making their bid to follow 2018 winner Justify as Triple Crown champions.
With the Grade 1, $500,000 Stephen Foster the centerpiece of a stellar Downs After Dark racing card June 18 at Churchill Downs, the expected field of seven older runners presents an interesting handicapping puzzle.
With the likelihood of a short field for the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap, bettors looking for a solid win bet or to navigate through multi-race exotic wagers with a short sampling, will need to zero in on the mile and an eighth race over the main track.