‘Better At His Home Track’: Don’t Sleep On Mr. Money In Saturday’s Blame

by | 05.21.2020 | 1:31pm
Mr. Money wins the 2019 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs

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.”

Mr. Money was made the 5-1 third choice on the morning line and will break from post No. 13.

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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