competitive group of 11 3-year-olds, headlined by Federico Tesio winner Abstraction,
Risen Star (GII) runner-up Code West, allowance winner Bellarmine
and 2012 Canadian Horse of the Year Uncaptured, will face off in
Saturday’s 16th running of the
$100,000-added Matt Winn (GIII) at Churchill Downs.
Matt Winn, named in honor of the famed Churchill Downs President Col. Matt
Winn, will go as Race 7 at 9:05 p.m.
homebred Abstraction won the Federico Tesio at Pimlico on April 27 after
breaking his maiden at Fair Grounds in March by 9 ¾ lengths. He recorded both
those victories under Leandro Goncalves, who has the call Saturday.
Gary and Mary West’s
Code West finished a nose behind Ive Struck a Nerve in the Risen Star at
Fair Grounds in March. After running sixth in the Louisiana Derby (GII), Code
West finished a neck behind Bellarmine in 1 1/16-mile allowance race at
Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard and then won an allowance
on the Preakness undercard at Pimlico by 6 ¾ lengths. Code West will get
another shot at Magdalena Racing’s Bellarmine, who enters the Matt Winn
off back-to-back victories.
West is trained by Bob Baffert and is one of two entrants in the Matt
Winn for the Wests. The other is Treasury Bill, who was second in the
San Vicente (GII) in February and most recently ran third in the Came Home at
Hollywood Park. Previously trained by Ron Ellis, Treasury Bill now is in
the stable of Wayne Catalano.
Uncaptured ended his juvenile campaign by sweeping the Iroquois (GIII) and
Kentucky Jockey Club (GII) at Churchill Downs. In his 3-year-old debut, he
finished second behind Black Onyx in the Spiral (GIII) at Turfway Park
and then ran 10th in the Blue Grass
(GI) at Keeneland. In his most recent start, Uncaptured was second of four in
the Wando at Woodbine.
field for the Matt Winn, from the rail out (with jockey and morning-line odds):
Looking Cool (Alan Garcia, 15-1), Sunbean (Joel Rosario, 6-1),
Uncaptured (Miguel Mena, 6-1), Dewey Square (Mike Smith, 12-1), Code
West (Rosie Napravnik, 4-1), Treasury Bill (Shaun Bridgmohan, 6-1), Abstraction
(Leandro Goncalves, 9-2), Street Spice (Jeffrey Sanchez, 20-1), Ruler
of Love (Joe Rocco Jr., 12-1), Bellarmine (Julien Leparoux, 9-2) and Carve
(Ricardo Santana Jr., 12-1).