Dogwood Stable’s undefeated Lou Brissie, winner of the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at the start of the Churchill Downs meet, headlines a field of six 2-year-olds in the $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) July 3 in Louisville.
The son of Limehouse—Fearless Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat, broke his maiden at Keeneland on the Polytrack April 15 at 4 1/2 furlongs, then came back 15 days later to win the Kentucky Juvenile by 1 1/2 lengths from off the pace. Corey Lanerie will have the mount for the first time for trainer Neil Howard. The chestnut colt will carry top weight of 122 pounds in the six-furlong dirt event.
Lou Brissie, bred in Kentucky by Gulf Coast Farms, was bought for $100,000 at the 2009 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky July select yearling sale. He has already earned $98,386.
Lou Brissie will attempt to become the fifth horse complete the Kentucky Juvenile-Bashford Manor double. The most recent horse to sweep the two races was Lunarpal in 2004.
The remaining entrants, other than Saturday Dance who seeks his first win, have maiden victories to their credit. The most dangerous seems to be Stonestreet Stables’ Kantharos, a $250,000 Ocala Breeders' Sales Co. 2-year-old in training purchase who broke his maiden by nearly 12 lengths May 13 at Churchill going five furlongs.
Kantharos, trained by Steve Asmussen, was bred in Kentucky by Hedberg Hall and is by Lion Heart, out of the Southern Halo mare Contessa Halo. Robby Albarado has the mount.
Asmussen has won the Bashford Manor twice.
$100,000 Bashford Manor (gr. III, Race 10, 5:26 p.m.), 2YO, 6 Furlongs (Dirt) PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, Trainer
1. Gold for Cash (KY), J K Court, 118, L W Demeritte
2. Speed Demon (KY), J Theriot, 118, W B Calhoun
3. Kantharos (KY), R Albarado, 118, S M Asmussen
4. Saturday Dance (KY), V Lebron, 116, L W Demeritte
5. Lou Brissie (KY), C J Lanerie, 122, N J Howard
6. Thewayitusedtobe (IL), J E Felix, 118, R I Flores