Tenpins Will Not Run in BC Classic

Tenpins, winner of the Washington Park Handicap in his most recent start, will not be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and instead will point for fall stakes at Churchill Downs, trainer Donald Winfree said Monday morning.

Winfree said Tenpins' owner Joseph Vitello has decided to point for the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 26 and the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 29.

"This horse has made a believer out of me; he's for real," said Winfree. "But he'll be for real next year. That was the original plan – to let him mature and prep him this fall in these other races. It would be a year better than I could have hoped for if he got a piece of the Fayette and a piece of the Clark - and maybe a big piece of one or the other."

Tenpins, a Michigan-bred son of Smart Strike, breezed an easy five furlongs in 1:03 1/5 at Churchill Monday. The 4-year-old has won four of five starts this year, including a victory in the grade III William Donald Schaefer Handicap at Pimlico and a third-place finish in the grade I Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. He has earned $437,980 this season, pushing his career earnings to $486,040.