Friday's Grade 2 American Turf Stakes from Churchill Downs has attracted a full gate of fourteen 3-year-olds and Banned
has been made the 3-1 morning line favorite.
Banned, trained by Tom Proctor for Glen Hill Farm, smartly captured his first two turf starts last year and ended his 2-year-old campaign with a respectable 5th place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. He was the third head on the finish line in his needed Keeneland allowance return and should sit a nice tactical trip under Garrett Gomez.
A nose dashed the four-bagger hopes of Great Mills
in the Transylvania on April 8. Steve Asmussen's early-pressing threat might get brave if able to sneak away early. Close Ally
and Cozy Kitten
ran 1-2 in a recent Keeneland allowance and both have the ability to compete here.
A couple of recent stakes winners, Air Support
and Surrey Star
, are stuck in the two outside posts.
Memen, Kippers N' Eggs, Smarter Than Ever, Man of Strife, Jakesam, Swagger Jack, Tag V Eye, and Private Prize are also entered.