Steve Asmussen sends out Segal and Lyin' Heart in the Bashford Manor.

Steve Asmussen sends out Segal and Lyin' Heart in the Bashford Manor.

Anne M. Eberhardt

Asmussen Has Top Two in Bashford Manor

The leading trainer will saddle Segal and Lyin' Heart July 5 at Churchill Downs

Steve Asmussen has an excellent chance to capture the Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) for the third time in his career, as the leading training sends out the top two choices in the $150,000-added event July 5 at Churchill Downs.

The six-furlong Bashford Manor, which is run on the main track, drew a field of eight. Asmussen won the event last year with Kodiak Kowboy.

Padua Stables’ Segal was installed as the 5-2 morning line choice. A victory by the son of Harlan's Holiday would give Padua a fourth win in the Bashford Manor, which would be a record for wins by an owner in the event. Segal, purchased for $235,000 at the OBS 2008 selected sale of 2-year-olds in training, broke his maiden by nearly five lengths May 7 at Churchill while going five furlongs. The dark bay colt then shipped to Woodbine for the June 15 Victoria Stakes, where he tired in the stretch to finish third on the Polytrack.

Bred in New York by Becky Thomas and Tony Grey, Segal is out of the Lord At War mare Boatman Road. He turned in a five-furlong breeze in the mud June 27 at Churchill, stopping the clock in 1:01.40. Shaun Bridgmohan will ride.

Asmussen’s other entry is J. Kirk Robinson’s Lyin’ Heart, who is two-for-two in his young career. The gray-roan son of Lion Heart recorded both wins at Lone Star Park, the most recent one coming June 7 in the TTA Sales Futurity, a restricted stakes. Lyin’ Heart came from well off the pace in the five-furlong contest, pulling away down the stretch to win by 3 1/2 lengths. Bred in Kentucky by Elm Tree Farm, the 3-1 second choice will be ridden by Corey Lanerie.

Larry Rivelli will saddle 4-1 third choice My Dominick James, a son of Dance Master that Rivelli also co-owns and co-bred. The Illinois-bred colt set the Arlington Park Polytrack record at 4 1/2 furlongs June 8 when he stopped the clock in :51.22 while winning by 2 3/4 lengths under Tim Thornton.

Theregoesjojo, Medaglia d’Onore and Screen Your Friend all have maiden victories over the Churchill surface last out.

A 30-1 longshot to consider is General Quarters, who was claimed for $20,000 by Thomas McCarthy prior to taking a 4 1/2 furlong maiden claiming event at Churchill May 30. The Sky Mesa  colt recorded a bullet work June 22 at Churchill, getting four furlongs in :48.60.

$150,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III, Race 10, 5:51 p.m.), Two-Year-Olds, Six Furlongs (Dirt)
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey, Odds
1. Screen Your Friend (KY), 118, Calvin Borel, 6-1
2. Silver Bayer (KY), 118, Jesus Castanon, 5-1
3. Therehegoes (KY), 118, Robby Albarado, 5-1
4. My Dominick James (IL), 118, Tim Thornton, 4-1
5. Segal (NY), 118, Shaun Bridgmohan, 5-2
6. General Quarters (KY), 118, William Troilo 30-1
7. Lyin' Heart (KY), 118, Corey Lanerie, 3-1
8. Medaglia d'Onore (KY), 118. Mick Ruis, 15-1