Einstein Top Weight For Stephen Foster
Updated: Tuesday, June 9, 2009 12:55 PM
Posted: Saturday, June 6, 2009 2:25 PM
Photo: Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
Einstein was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the Stephen Foster.
(From Churchill Downs)
Midnight Cry Stable’s Einstein
was assigned top weight of 124 pounds for the $600,000-added Stephen Foster Handicap (gr. I) June 13 at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Helen Pitts-Blasi, Einstein ran second in last year’s Stephen Foster behind Horse of the Year Curlin. The 7-year-old son of 1985 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Spend A Buck is scheduled to work a half-mile June 7. A winner of 11 of 25 races with earnings of $2,609,904, Einstein will be shooting for a third consecutive grade I victory and his first win at that level on traditional dirt.
A win in the Stephen Foster would allow Einstein to join Lava Man as the only horses to win grade I races on dirt, grass and synthetic courses. The two-time winner of Churchill Downs’ Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (gr. IT) on turf and the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) on the synthetic Pro-Ride surface at Santa Anita, Einstein won the $500,000 Clark Handicap (gr. II) last fall on the man track at Churchill Downs.
The next high weight was assigned to Asiatic Boy
with 122 pounds.The 6-year-old is coming off a 12th-place finish to Well Armed
in the $6 million Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the Foster will mark both his U.S. bow and debut for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Previously trained by South African Mike de Kock, he has a record of 7-3-2 in 15 races and earnings of $3,068.090. He was second to Curlin in last year’s Dubai World Cup and won the $2 million UAE Derby as a 4-year-old in 2007.
Other probable starters and their weight assignments include 2008 Meadowlands Cup (gr. III) winner Arson Squad
, winner of Calder’s Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III) and Gulfstream Park’s Skip Away (gr. III) (118); Researcher
(118), winner of the Queens County (gr. III) at Aqueduct and the recent $500,000 Charles Town Classic; Alysheba (gr. III) winner Bullsbay
(117), and Macho Again
(117), runner-up to Big Brown
in the 2008 Preakness (gr. I) and winner of the 2009 New Orleans Handicap (gr. II).
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