Cinco Charlie Gate-to-Wire in Bashford Manor

Cinco Charlie Gate-to-Wire in Bashford Manor
Photo: Reed Palmer Photography, Churchill Downs
Cinco Charlie and Shaun Bridgmohan deliver a victory in the Bashford Manor Stakes.
Cinco Charlie turned in his second impressive performance in as many career starts June 28 when leading all the way to win the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs (VIDEO). 
 
Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for trainer Steve Asmussen, Cinco Charlie rebuffed a strong challenge from game runner-up Silverhill, who bid alongside on the far turn after pressing the early pace. Cinco Charlie held off that rival at the quarter pole and edged away to a 1 3/4-length triumph. 
 
Cinco Charlie covered six furlongs in 1:10.36 as the 6-5 favorite on a fast track. 
 
Skyway was a well-beaten third, finishing four lengths behind Silverhill in the six-horse field. 
 
Cinco Charlie, a colt from the final crop of Indian Charlie, made a splash in his career debut May 9 at Churchill when defeating seven opponents by 2 3/4 lengths and stepped up with aplomb for his stakes bow in the Bashford Manor.
 
"He's pretty precocious, a nice 2-year-old and he makes my job easy," Bridgmohan said. "It was pretty straightforward. He broke smartly and was comfortable the whole way. When I asked him to pick it up he accelerated and did everything profession."
 
Fastest from the gate, Cinco Charlie led  through fractions of :21.89, :45.69 and :57.63 with Bret Calhoun's Texas maiden winner Silverhill in close pursuit from his outside. With stamina in reserve, proved best in the closing stages, banking the $67,022 winner's share of the Bashford Manor purse to increased his career earnings to $93,422
 
Cinco Charlie races for B and C Racing, the nom de course of Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt. The Texas couple was among the nation's top owners for more than two decades and have just returned from a brief hiatus from the ownership ranks that included the dispersal of their vast racing operation in the summer of 2011. At the time of the dispersal, the Heiligbrodts had owned or co-owned 118 stakes winners, including 45 graded stakes winners.
 
"It was pretty much unbelievable to go all the way today coming off of one race seven weeks ago," Bill Heiligbordt said after the Bashford Manor about Cinco Charlie, who is named after his boat. "It's pretty impressive to win back like that and get a horse to go from 4 1/2 furlongs to six furlongs over a period of time, so he's got to be a nice horse."
 
Bred in Kentucky by Candyland Farm, Cinco Charlie was a $190,000 purchase from Cary Frommer, agent, at the Ocala Breeders' Sale Co. March sale of selected 2-year-olds in training. One of several 2014 starters for the Heiligbrodts, he is out of the stakes-placed Marquetry mare Ten Halos, a half sister to graded stakes winners My Pal Charlie and Bwana Charlie, both by Indian Charlie, and Bwana Bull, by Holy Bull.  
 
"I found a good horse,"  said Heiligbrodt, who raced Bwana Charlie, a three-quarter brother to Cinco Charlie. "That's why I'm back. I have just a couple of horses in training (five) but I'm looking for some more good horses. I'm just being careful and trying to buy a little better horse and not have as many."
 
Cinco Charlie gave the Heiligbrodts their third win in the Bashford Manor. They campaigned 2004 winner Lunarpal and co-owned 1994 winner Hyroglyphic with Jack Hammer.
 
Cinco Charlie paid $4.60, $3, and $2.20 while Silverhill returned $6 and $3.20. Skyway, who chased from third throughout, brought $2.80 to show. 
 
Lucky Player was fourth and Governmentshutdown, the 2-1 second-favorite, was fifth. Draw Nigh, the longest shot in the field at 48-1 odds, was pulled up in the early stages and walked off the track.

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