Thursday, July 2, 2009

A field of 9 horses will enter the starting gate Friday for the 108th running of the Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Backtalk #5 (Smarty Jones-Apassionata Sonata by Affirmed) is the 3-1 morning line favorite and to me he looks like the most likely winner. Trained by Tom Amoss, Backtalk impressively won his debut at Churchill on June 11 winning a 5 furlong sprint in 57 4/5. Backtalk, a half-brother to Bsharpsonata, won easily by 2 ¾ lengths and posted a 103 Brisnet Speed Figure.

Flatter Than Me #9, Grand Slam Andre #1 and Brassy Boy #3 are the other horses that I like to round out the exotic bets. The Todd Pletcher trained Mission Impazible who finished 3rd in the Kentucky Juvenile is also entered but the website of Twin Creek Racing Stables LLC has him listed as scratched - so we won’t know for sure until the program changes are posted on Friday. If Mission Impazible does run, I would use him in the exotics instead of Brassy Boy.

Flatter Than Me (Flatter-Hannah’s Doll by Boston Harbor) also looks to be tough in the Bashford Manor. He has been working good and he has the pedigree to win. He is a descendent of the Bold Ruler sire line which has produced several Bashford Manor winners. His grandsire, A.P. Indy, is also the grandsire of 2008 Bashford Manor winner Screen Your Friend. His damsire, Boston Harbor, won the Bashford Manor in 2008.

Grand Slam Andre looks like a good long shot and if his morning line stays at 5-1 or goes higher, he might be worth a small win/place bet on him. His sire, Grand Slam, produced the 2003 Bashford Manor winner Limehouse.

Here’s a link for the past winners of the Bashford Manor Stakes:

Bashford Manor Stakes:

W/P – Grand Slam Andre #1

Exacta and Trifecta box – Grand Slam Andre #1, Backtalk #5, Flatter Than Me #9

Superfecta – single Brassy Boy in the 4th spot with Grand Slam Andre, Backtalk and Flatter Than Me in the top three spots.

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