Ten 2-year-olds will attempt to earn black type when they line up in Sunday's $150,000 Bashford Manor Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs. The closing-day feature will be run over six furlongs.
The only entrant with stakes experience is Fifty Seven Flat, a son of Five Star Day
who broke his maiden at Chuchill in May and came back to run a good third in the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine last month. An intriguing contender is Preside, a Pulpit
colt who broke his maiden at Keeneland April 28 by 10 lengths, but has not raced since.
Federer will try to emulate his namesake, Roger Federer, who just won Wimbledon. The equine Federer is one-for-two, having cruised to victory at Churchill June 18 over five furlongs. Fly Me Now shows a win over the Louisville strip a month ago as well. Honor Due also got his picture taken at Churchill and, like Fly Me Now, is one-for-two lifetime. Deputy G won in the slop at Churchill in May and will make his second start in the Bashford Manor. R Loyal Man is an invader from Florida, where he won his only race in the slop at Calder.
The field for the Bashford Manor, in post position order with jockeys and weights:
1) Cockney Can Man (Robby Albarado, 115)
2) Brilliant Son (Mike Smith, 115)
3) Preside (Eddie Martin Jr., 117)
4) Deputy G (Gary Stevens, 117)
5) Rocket Beauty (John McKee, 115)
6) Federer (Pat Day, 117)
7) R Loyal Man (Rafael Bejarano, 117)
8) Fifty Seven Flat (Larry Melancon, 117)
9) Honor Due (Mark Guidry, 117)
10) Fly Me Now (Justin Vitek, 117)