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Musical Flair Takes Shot in Bourbon

The 2¾-length victory by Musical Flair in the five-furlong Turf Dash Stakes at Calder Race Course on August 27 gave his connections the confidence to send him to Keeneland, where he will make his next start in Sunday’s $150,000 Bourbon (G3). The 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-olds has been won by such horses as eventual champion Gio Ponti and eventual Grade 2 winner Interactif.


Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti own Musical Flair, a colt by Songandaprayer who is trained by Sal Santoro. The colt arrived at Keeneland two days ago and has been feeling good in the cool fall weather, said exercise rider Luis Cordero.


“He likes it here. It’s green,” Cordero said on Monday while walking Musical Flair after his bath. The colt tugged at the lead in an attempt to attempt to reach grass, but Cordero maintained a firm hold and reassured him, “It’s not going anywhere.”


Last year, Cordero was the exercise rider for undefeated Awesome Feather, who began her career at Calder, won the Grey Goose Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1) at Churchill Downs and was named the champion 2-year-old filly. His cousin is Racing Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero Jr., who brought him to the United States from Puerto Rico in 1979. Luis Cordero began working in New York as a hot walker for Hall of Fame trainer Laz Barrera, and he rode for time.


On Monday, Cordero galloped Musical Flair two miles over the main track and said the colt is handling the Polytrack well. He said Jesus Rios, who has ridden Musical Flair in his last two races, will be aboard in the Bourbon. Entries for the race will be drawn on Thursday.



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