Shuman and Ritchey Have Multiple Chances in the Carpenter

Together Mark Shuman and Tim Ritchey train 50% of the entrants for Saturday's R.R.M. Carpenter Jr. Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park. Shuman entered 6-year-old Twilight Prince and 5-year-old First Amendment, while Ritchey has 4-year-olds Marciano and Bada Bam Bada Boom. However, neither trainer has the morning line favorite. That title belongs to Michael Matz trainee Bowman's Band.

Matz trains Bowman's Band for Martin Schwartz. Their horse won the Summing Stakes last year and placed in this year's Oaklawn Handicap (gr. I), but he faltered and recorded his first unplaced start this year in the June 15 Brooklyn Handicap (gr. II). That aside, he is the 2-1 morning line favorite, followed by Graham Motion's He's a Knockout at 3-1. He's a Knockout won the June 29 Brandywine Stakes at Delaware in his last start. Marciano finished second, three lengths back.

Saturday's R.R.M. Carpenter, the fourth race on Delaware's card, is the first of three stakes on Saturday. The 8 1/2-furlong race has a purse of $100,000.

The field for the R.R.M. Carpenter, from the rail out:

PP, horse, jockey, weight, morning line
1--Grundlefoot, Mario Pino, 123, 4-1
2--He's a Knockout, TBA, 123, 123, 8-1
3--Twilight Prince, Mark Johnston, 118, 12-1
4--Marciano, Jeremy Rose, 116, 8-1
5--Lyracist, Nick Petro, 123, 8-1
6--Bada Bam Bada Boom, Jeremy Rose, 120, 8-1
7--Jarf, Anthony Black, 120-81
8--Bowman's Band, Ramon Dominguez, 116, 2-1
9--First Amendment, Mark Johnston, 120, 12-1
10--Runspastum, Michael McCarthy, 116, 12-1