Allied Racing Stable and Spendthrift Farm's multiple Grade III winner Mr. Money will hope to return to his top form at his “home track” of Churchill Downs in Saturday's $100,000 Blame presented by Norton Healthcare.
Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Gabriel Saez, Mr. Money finished a non-descript seventh in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (GI) prior to his sixth-place effort in the $150,000 Oaklawn Mile – his first start as a 4-year-old.
“We are crossing off that race at Oaklawn,” Calhoun said. “I think he's going to like it a lot better at his home track where he's run some of his best races in the past.”
The one-mile Blame, named after the 2010 Eclipse Award-winning older horse, is set for Race 9 with a post time of 5:12 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post Saturday is 1 p.m. Dubbed as “Stephen Foster Preview Day,” Saturday's 11-race program features a quintet of stakes events: the $100,000 Shawnee (Race 7), $100,000 Tepin (Race 8), $150,000 Matt Winn (GIII) (Race 10) and $100,000 War Chant (Race 11).
The 3-1 morning line favorite in the Blame is Rupp Racing's three-time Grade III winner Owendale who is set for his return following nearly six months on the sidelines. Trained by Brad Cox, Owendale will cut back in distance to one-turn for the first time since Sept. 2, 2018. Florent Geroux has the call from post 8.
The complete field for the Blame (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Long Range Toddy (Jon Court, Dallas Stewart, 20-1); Bourbon Resolution (Chris Landeros, Ian Wilkes, 30-1); Global Campaign (Stanley Hough, Jose Ortiz, 9-2); Alwaysmining (Manny Franco, Kelly Rubley, 20-1); Everfast (Joel Rosario, Jack Sisterson, 30-1); Backyard Heaven (Tyler Gaffalione, Mike Maker, 6-1); Silver Dust (Adam Beschizza, Bret Calhoun, 8-1); Owendale (Geroux, Cox, 3-1); Extraordinary Jerry (Javier Castellano, Dermot Magner, 12-1); Snapper Sinclair (Julien Leparoux, Steve Asmussen, 15-1); American Anthem (David Cohen, Danny Gargan, 15-1); Discreet Lover (John Bisono, St. Lewis, 30-1); Mr. Money (Saez, Calhoun, 5-1); and Diamond King (Kendrick Carmouche, John Servis, 10-1).
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