Periban aims for first Churchill Downs win in Bashford Manor Stakes

Kevin Kerstein/Churchill Downs
June 27, 2019 04:05pm
Periban aims for first Churchill Downs win in Bashford Manor Stakes
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Trainer Jorge Periban has never started a horse beneath the historic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs but 2-year-old California-bred Phantom Boss is poised to give the 59-year-old conditioner his first victory as the 9-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s Grade 3, $125,000 Bashford Manor.

“It’s so amazing being here with this horse,” Periban said. “We sent him out to train this morning and he seemed to love this track. It will be a good test for him (in the Bashford Manor). We knew his father (Shackleford) loved this track and did very well here. Why not take a shot?”

Phantom Boss won at second asking in a state-bred maiden special weight contest at Santa Anita.

Owned by Bada Beng Racing, Tom Beckerle, Terry Lovingier and Amanda Navarro, Phantom Boss will have the riding services of California-based Rafael Bejarano. One of the top riders on the California circuit, Bejarano spent several years as a mainstay at Churchill Downs and accumulated 409 victories beneath the Twin Spires.

Periban grew up in Mexico City and was one of 18 children. As a child, Periban’s parents operated a restaurant at a local racetrack. Prior to training, Periban spent several years as an exercise rider until he relaunched his training career in 2004. In total, Periban has 310 victories through 2,736 starters with more than $5.8 million in earnings.

“It’s been a tough and long road,” Periban said. “To be here at Churchill Downs is amazing. It’s my first time being here, and I absolutely love it. I hope to make it back serval times in the future.”

The six-furlong Bashford Manor, carded as Race 11 at 5:59 p.m. (all times Eastern), is the featured event on the 12-race extravaganza to close the spring meet at Churchill Downs.

Also on the program is the Bashford Manor’s female counterpart, the $125,000 Debutante (listed) for 2-year-old fillies, and the $120,000-added Kelly’s Landing Overnight Stakes for older sprinters. A total of 137 horses were entered for Saturday’s card, which has a first post of 12:45 p.m.

The field for the Bashford Manor from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Phantom Boss (Bejarano, Periban, 9-5); Snell Yeah (Gabriel Saez, John Ennis, 8-1); Alec and Arthur (Tyler Gaffalione, John Hancock, 8-1); Rookie Salsa (Angel Suarez, Jeremiah O’Dwyer, 5-1); Finnick the Fierce (Abel Lezcano, Rey Hernandez, 30-1); Silent Malice (Chris Landeros, Pat Byrne, 20-1); Jamming Cameron (Aaron Court, Tommy Short, 30-1); Verb (James Graham, Keith Desormeaux, 9-2); Two Last Words (Corey Lanerie, Tim Glyshaw, 15-1); and Rowdy Yates (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen, 10-1).


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