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Right to Vote Faces Four in Matt Winn

Casner Racing Stable and Sam Pollock Jr.’s Right to Vote, runner-up to Mark Valeski in the Peter Pan (GII) at Belmont Park in his most recent start, leads a field of five entered for Saturday’s 15th running of the Matt Winn at Churchill Downs.

The Matt Winn, which is scheduled as Race 5 at 7:57 p.m., is named in honor of the famed Churchill Downs President Col. Matt Winn, who served as the driving force in the development of the historic Louisville track and his beloved Kentucky Derby.

Right to Vote flashed talent during his 2-year-old campaign and finished third behind Union Rags and Alpha in the Champagne (GI) at Belmont Park. The Champagne would be the final start of his juvenile season. A dark bay or brown gelding by Political Force, Right to Vote won an allowance race at Gulfstream Park in March in his return to the races. In his second and most recent start this year, Right to Vote held a lead in the stretch of the Peter Pan, but was run down by Mark Valeski.

A lightly raced horse for trainer Eoin Harty, Right to Vote has never been off the board in his five career starts. He will seek his first stakes victory in the Matt Winn when he breaks from post three as the 5-2 morning-line favorite under Javier Castellano.

John Oxley’s Stealcase is the co-second choice on the morning line at 3-1. After off-the-board finishes in the Gotham (GIII) and Vinery Racing Spiral (GIII), Stealcase finished third behind Hierro and Paynter in The Cliff’s Edge Derby Trial (GIII) at Churchill Downs. He returned from that solid effort to win a one-mile allowance beneath the Twin Spires by a widening four lengths under Shaun Bridgmohan, who will be aboard the colt when he breaks from post two Saturday.

Trainer Steve Asmussen has two shots to join trainer Bob Baffert as the only three-time winners of the Matt Winn. Jerry Durant’s Macho Macho, a two-length winner of a seven-furlong allowance at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard, will break from the rail under Julien Leparoux, who won the Matt Winn aboard Successful Dan in 2009. Richard DavisMaster Rick, winner of the Northern Spur at Oaklawn Park prior to finishing ninth of 10 in the Peter Pan, will break from post five under Corey Nakatani.

A. Stevens Miles Jr.’s homebred Neck ’n Neck is the other starter and enters the Matt Winn off an impressive 6 ½-length victory in an allowance at Churchill Downs on May 10. Trained by Ian Wilkes, Neck ’n Neck will be ridden by Leandro Goncalves and will break from post four.    

The field for the Matt Winn, from the rail out, is as follows: Macho Macho (ridden by Julien Leparoux, 7-2 morning-line odds), Stealcase (Shaun Bridgmohan, 3-1), Right to Vote (Javier Castellano, 5-2), Neck ’n Neck (Leandro Goncalves, 7-2) and Master Rick (Corey Nakatani, 3-1).

 

 

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