Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence’s Balance the Books
overcame a bad start to edge Really Sharp by a nose in the 22nd
running of the $150,000 Bourbon (G3) to earn a berth in the $500,000
Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) to be run on November 3 at Santa Anita.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Chad Brown, Balance the
Books broke last in the field of 12 as longshots Road Agent and Really
Sharp contested the lead. Really Sharp, ridden by Elvis Trujillo, led
the field into the stretch but at the eighth pole ducked out and
interfered with several horses and was disqualified to sixth.
Brown Almighty, who finished 1½ lengths in back of Really Sharp, was
elevated to second and Sonofasamurai, who finished another two lengths
back, was moved up to third from fourth.
Balance the Books, purchased by Klaravich Stables at Keeneland’s 2012
April Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale, returned $3.80, $2.80 and $2.40.
Brown Almighty, ridden by Francisco Torres, paid $4.60 and $3.40 with
Sonofasamurai, ridden by David Cohen, returning $4.40 to show.
Following the top three officially in order were Summit County,
Strike the Note, Really Sharp, Fredericksburg, Roman’s Avenue, Ruler of
Love, Slamarama, Army Hero and Road Agent.
The victory was worth $90,000 to Balance the Books and increased his
career earnings to $227,000 with a record of 3-2-1-0. It was the second
graded stakes victory of Fall Stars Weekend for Klaravich Stables and
Lawrence as their Sum of the Parts won the Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix
(G3) on Friday.
Balance the Books, a Kentucky-bred son of Lemon Drop Kid out of the
Seeking the Gold mare Kreisleriana, covered the 1 1/16 miles on a firm
turf course in 1:45.15.