Some in Tieme back to defend win in Churchill's Louisville Handicap

Some in Tieme back to defend win in Churchill's Louisville Handicap
Photo: Coady Photography

Some In Time Inc’s Some in Tieme is poised for a repeat performance in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisville Handicap (G3) at Churchill Downs as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the field of eight older horses running the marathon distance of 1 ½ miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course. 

“We have three really good chances Saturday in the Louisville Handicap,” trainer Kenny McPeek’s Churchill Downs-based assistant Jeff Hiles said. “All three horses have trained well at Churchill since we shipped them here. Some in Tieme upset the field last year in this race and hopefully we can do it again this year as one of the favorites."

A Group I winner in his native Brazil, Some in Tieme won the 2017 Louisville Handicap by three lengths but has not visited the winner’s circle since. The McPeek-trained 6-year-old is the 118-pound starting high weight and will break from Post 7 withManny Cruz in the saddle.

Some in Tieme will be joined in the Louisville Handicap by stablemates Harlan Strong (ARG), a recent allowance winner at Keeneland, and Vettori Kin (BRZ), a Group I winner in Brazil. 

The Louisville Handicap is carded as Race 10 with a scheduled post time of 5:26 p.m. (all times Eastern) on the 11-race program that also includes a simulcast of Preakness Day action from Baltimore’s Pimlico Race Course. Churchill Downs’ first race is 12:45 p.m.

The Louisville Handicap field from the rail out (with jockeys, assigned weight and morning line odds): Designed for War (Adam Beschizza, 115 pounds, 7-2); Roman Approval (Corey Lanerie, 114, 4-1); Vettori Kin (BRZ) (James Graham, 115, 5-1);Bronson (Shaun Bridgmohan, 115, 12-1); Cooptado (ARG) (Declan Cannon, 114, 12-1); Cartoon (Jack Gilligan, 114, 10-1); Some in Tieme (BRZ) (Cruz, 118, 5-2) and Harlan Strong (ARG) (Brian Hernandez Jr., 116, 5-1).

The 143rd running of the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes (GI), the middle jewel of the Triple Crown headlined by Kentucky Derby winner Justify, goes as the 13th of 14 races at Pimlico at approximately 6:48 p.m. The race will be shown on television monitors throughout Churchill Downs, including the massive Big Board.

Churchill Downs admission gates will open Saturday at 11:30 a.m. General Admission is $5, reserved seating is $10 and reserved dining packages are $49. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ChurchillDowns.com/Tickets. Also, Churchill Downs will provide free parking and shuttles from Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

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