‘Later Developing’ Attachment Rate Gives Romans A Shot In Matt Winn

by | 05.22.2020 | 2:26pm
Dale Romans

With trainer Dale Romans' highly-regarded Kentucky Derby prospect Dennis' Moment on the sidelines, the Churchill Downs all-time leading conditioner hopes Jim Bakke and Gerald Isbister's $150,000 Matt Winn Stakes (Grade III) contender Attachment Rate will get him to the first Saturday in September.

“He's been a later developing colt,” Romans said. “He's run four solid races including third in the Gotham and second in the Unbridled. Really, his only bad race was in his debut at Churchill last June. We brought him back in Florida this winter and we thought we had something when he finished a fast-closing second at 50-1 in a maiden race.”

Saturday's Matt Winn is the first race on the revised Road to the Kentucky Derby schedule and will award the Top 4 finishers points on a 50-20-10-5 scale. The Matt Winn is the featured race on Saturday's program that has been dubbed “Stephen Foster Preview Day” and features four additional stakes events: the $100,000 Shawnee (Race 7), $100,000 Tepin (Race 8), $100,000 Blame (Race 9) and $100,000 War Chant (Race 11). First post is 1 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Matt Winn is slated at 5:44 p.m.

Hall of Fame rider John Velazquez has the call on Attachment Rate from post No. 11. He is the 4-1 second choice on Mike Battaglia's morning line odds.

The card includes a trio of Pick 4 and Pick 5 wagers along with the 20-cent Single 6 Jackpot. The late Pick 5 will have a guaranteed pool of $500,000 and feature an all-stakes sequence. Free Brisnet past performances and additional handicapping information will be available at www.churchilldowns.com/handicapping.

The full field for the Matt Winn from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Mystic Guide (Brian Hernandez Jr., Mike Stidham, 15-1); Pneumatic (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen, 4-1); Informative (John Bisono, Uriah St. Lewis, 20-1); Celtic Striker (Manny Franco, Ray Handal, 20-1); Flap Jack (Rafael Bejarano, Jack Sisterson, 20-1); Ny Traffic (Paco Lopez, Saffie Joseph Jr., 10-1); Necker Island (Tyler Gaffalione, Stanley Hough, 15-1); Crypto Cash (Corey Lanerie, Kenny McPeek, 20-1); Shake Some Action (Javier Castellano, Brad Cox, 12-1); Maxfield (Jose Ortiz, Brendan Walsh, 5-2); Attachment Rate (Velazquez, Romans, 4-1); and Major Fed (Joel Rosario, Greg Foley, 5-1).

Trainer Mike Stidham reported Friday that Mystic Guide would scratch in favor of an allowance race.

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