Fame and Power went gate-to-wire in the May 16 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

Fame and Power went gate-to-wire in the May 16 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.

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Baffert Sends Fame and Power to Matt Winn

Triple Crown-winning trainer will have Juddmonte runner in June 13 test at Churchill.

When he stops by Churchill Downs June 13 to pick up his trophy from American Pharoah 's Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I) win, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert will send Juddmonte Farms' Fame and Power postward in the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes (gr. III).

The 1 1/16-mile test, which drew a field of eight 3-year-olds, will be the second graded attempt for Fame and Power, who last time out went gate-to-wire in the May 16 Sir Barton Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on the undercard of the Xpressbet.com Preakness Stakes (gr. I), won by his more accomplished stablemate.

Fame and Power, a son of First Defence, ran third in the April 11 Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) prior to taking the Sir Barton, that show effort off a maiden-breaking March 8 run at Santa Anita Park in his fifth try.

Baffert has sent out four winners of the Matt Winn: Code West (2013), Shot of Gold (1998), Forestry (1999), and Danthebluegrassman (2002).

Victor Espinoza, who rode American Pharoah to Triple Crown glory in the June 6 Belmont Stakes Presented by DraftKings (gr. I), has the mount on Fame and Power from post 5. The duo carries co-highweight of 120 pounds, shared with George Mellon's Private Prospect.

Private Prospect, by Discreet Cat, looks to rebound from a sixth in the April 18 Illinois Derby (gr. III) for trainer Mike Campbell. Winner of the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Mile Stakes last season, he has not scored again in six tries since then. Channing Hill rides from the 4 hole.

Second in the Sir Barton, three lengths behind Fame and Power, was Bold Conquest, who bypassed a Kentucky Derby run to tackle the softer spot for trainer Steve Asmussen. Racing for Ackerly Brothers Farm, the Curlin  colt hit the board in several key prep races, including thirds in the Rebel Stakes (gr. III) and Claiborne Breeders' Futurity (gr. I), and a second in the Iroquois Stakes (gr. II) last September at Churchill. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the mount for the colt's first start back at Churchill since the Iroquois, breaking from post 7 under 118 pounds.

Illinois Derby third-place finisher Phenomenal Phoenix and Sir Barton fourth-place runner Henry Jones are others with stakes experience. Island Town, Alabaster, and Nileator complete the field.

Entries: Matt Winn S. (G3)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, June 13, 2015, Race 9

  • Grade III
  • 1 1/16m
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo
  • 10:13 PM (local)
11Phenomenal Phoenix (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoel Rosario118Ron Moquett-
22Island Town (KY)Julien R. Leparoux118Ian R. Wilkes-
33Nileator (KY)Javier Castellano118Dale L. Romans-
44Private Prospect (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill120Michael B. Campbell-
55Fame and Power (KY)Victor Espinoza120Bob Baffert-
66Henry Jones (KY)Mike E. Smith118D. Wayne Lukas-
77Bold Conquest (KY)Ricardo Santana, Jr.118Steven M. Asmussen-
88Alabaster (KY)James Graham118Eoin G. Harty-