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Code West Tepid Favorite in Matt Winn

A 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.
 
The Matt Winn, named in honor of the famed Churchill Downs President Col. Matt Winn, will go as Race 7 at 9:05 p.m.
 
My Meadowview Farm’s 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.
 
Code 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.
 
John Oxley’s 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.
 
The 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).
 

 

What the Nation is saying about Code West Tepid Favorite in Matt Winn...

Looking forward to this one on Saturday. Great betting race and should be very exciting all the way to the wire.

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