Oscar Performance winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Oscar Performance winning Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf

Dave Harmon

Oscar Performance Seeks Return to Form in American Turf

Champion 2-year-old grass male Oscar Performance faces tough field on Churchill turf.

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1T) winner Oscar Performance will seek a return to his winning ways, but faces a salty field in the $300,000 American Turf Stakes Presented by Ram Trucks (G2T) May 6 at Churchill Downs.

Amerman Racing Stables’ Oscar Performance ran up a three-race win streak as a freshman, including a score in the Pilgrim Stakes (G3T) before the Breeders’ Cup, which is significant because the Pilgrim was over yielding ground at Belmont Park and rain is expected in the Louisville forecast leading up to Saturday.

Oscar Performance returned to action this year but broke slowly and tired in the Transylvania (G3T) to finish fifth.

"He needed that last race," said trainer Brian Lynch. "He wasn’t fully cranked and got a little eager in behind horses and came up empty. He’s coming up to this one much better and is training great."

Big Score, who is back for the American Turf, won the Transylvania with a late move between horses for his second stakes score. He also won the Zuma Beach at Santa Anita Park last year. In between he came in fifth behind Oscar Performance in the Breeders’ Cup. Good Samaritan finished third in the Juvenile Turf and will be making his first start since in the American Turf.

WINCZE HUGHES: Big Score Makes Huge Impression in Transylvania

La Coronel will try to beat males in the American Turf after the filly took the Appalachian Stakes (G3T) last time out for owner John Oxley and trainer Mark Casse.

"We’ve started making plans to take her back to Royal Ascot," Casse said. "That’s one reason I’m running her against the colts. If she can’t beat the colts here, or at least run well against them, she doesn’t need to go to Ascot."

WINCZE HUGHES: La Coronel Much the Best in Appalachiana

Holiday Stone drew the rail after just missing in the Transylvania and Conquest Farenheit invades from California. Conquest Farenheit won in gate-to-wire fashion going a mile last out in the Pasadena Stakes and won the Baffle Stakes on "good" turf coming down the hill at Santa Anita two starts back.

Kitten's Cat won the stakes named after his sire, Kitten's Joy , at Gulfstream Park this season and then just missed to Ticonderoga in the Palm Beach Stakes (G3T). He moved to synthetic last time out and ran fourth in the JACK Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3). Arklow, after racing as a maiden in the LeComte Stakes (G3) and the Risen Star Stakes (G2), was shifted to the lawn and broke his maiden going nine furlongs at Keeneland.

Made You Look shifted to dirt last time out but stopped in the Fountain of Youth (G2). He was just fine on the grass at Saratoga Race Course last summer, when he won the With Anticipation Stakes (G2T), and followed that up with a Dania Beach Stakes (G3T) win at Gulfstream in January.

Entries: American Turf S. Presented by Ram Trucks (G2T)

Churchill Downs, Saturday, May 06, 2017, Race 9

  • Grade IIT
  • 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $300,000
  • 3 yo
  • 3:37 PM (local)
PPHorseJockeyWgtTrainerM/L
11Holiday Stone (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJose Lezcano118George Weaver15/1
22Big Score (KY)Javier Castellano120Tim Yakteen6/1
33Parlor (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJulien R. Leparoux118Eddie Kenneally20/1
44Oscar Performance (KY)Jose L. Ortiz123Brian A. Lynch7/2
55Kitten's Cat (KY)Luis Saez118Joe Sharp5/1
66Arklow (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMike E. Smith118Brad H. Cox12/1
77Conquest Farenheit (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlavien Prat118Peter Miller5/1
88Ritzy A. P. (KY)Victor Espinoza118Dan Blacker30/1
99Made You Look (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJohn R. Velazquez123Todd A. Pletcher6/1
1010Good Samaritan (KY)Joel Rosario123William I. Mott5/1
1111La Coronel (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlorent Geroux115Mark E. Casse8/1