Sir Truebadour Gives Asmussen Record-Equalling Fifth Bashford Manor Win

Whispering Oaks Farm LLC’s Sir Truebadour led every step of the way in Saturday’s 117th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor (Grade III) on closing day at Churchill Downs’ 38-day Spring Meet to beat Mr Chocolate Chip by two lengths and give Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen an impressive fifth win in the nation’s first graded stakes race for 2-year-olds.

Ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Sir Truebadour, who was sent to post as the hot 3-2 favorite, ran six furlongs over a fast main track in 1:12.77 – the slowest of 19 Bashford Manor renewals at the six-furlong distance.

Sir Truebadour was leg weary late in the stretch but had a jump on his 11 rivals after breaking alertly from post 4. He battled from the inside with 48-1 longshot The Song of John and Mr. Granite for the early lead and ran the first quarter mile in a swift :21.35. The Song of John got within a half-length of Sir Truebadour at the top of the stretch but the winner spurted clear after a half mile in :45.63 and drew clear midway down the lane, and had enough to hold on comfortably.

“Steve and his team did a great job with this horse,” Santana said. “It was a great win today. He is very fast early and got the lead nicely out of the gate. He got a little tired late but held on nicely to win.”

Asmussen, who was the Spring Meet’s leading trainer for a record-extending 19th time with 30 wins, previously won the Bashford Manor with Lunarpal (2004), Kodiak Kowboy (2007), Kantharos (2010) and Cinco Charlie (2014) and his victory equaled fellow Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas’ win record for the race.

Ten of Asmussen’s 30 wins during the meet came with 2-year-olds.

Sir Truebadour’s triumph was worth $57,660 and increased his bankroll to $93,360 with a record of two wins and a fourth in three starts. The younger half-brother to $1.8 million-earner and 2011 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (GII) champ Regally Ready impressively won by four lengths at first asking on May 17 at Churchill Downs and then finished fourth in the $150,000 Tremont at Belmont Park on June 8, two lengths behind winner Our Braintrust.

“We aimed to this race since he broke his maiden,” Asmussen said. “It’s great to win a graded stakes race. He got a little tired late but it was a great win.”

Sir Truebadour is a 2-year-old son of More Than Ready out of the King of Kings (IRE) mare Kivi. He was bred in Kentucky by Two Stamps Stables.

Sir Truebadour returned $5, $3.80 and $3. Mr Chocolate Chip, a Belterra Park winner who rallied for second under Euclyn Prentice Jr. at odds of 103-1, paid $52 and $17 and finished 1 ¼ lengths in front of Indiana Grand maiden winner Overanalyzer who paid $13.60 to show under Andreas Ulloa at 99-1.

Cat Addiction, Kentucky Juvenile winner Weiland, The Song of John, Dalliance, 2-1 second betting choice Shanghaied Roo, Baytown Glory, California invader and 5-2 third choice Toothless Wonder, Eye Cloud and Mr. Granite completed the order of finish. Tales of Chaucer was scratched to instead run in the $100,000 Rockville Centre against New York-breds over six furlongs on July 14 at Belmont Park.

First run in 1902, the Bashford Manor is named for the former Louisville Thoroughbred breeding and racing farm that dominated the American racing scene in the early 1900s. George J. Long, a wealthy foundry owner, purchased Bashford Manor Farm in 1887 and developed his Thoroughbred operation that provided him two Derby wins as an owner, 1892 (Azra) and 1906 (Sir Huon), and three as a breeder, 1892 (Azra), 1899 (Manuel) and 1906 (Sir Huon). In addition, Bashford Manor also won the Kentucky Oaks in 1894 (Selika) and 1915 (Kathleen). The original Wilder family owned Bashford Manor. The Wilders were direct descendants of Lord Baltimore, whose English home was also called Bashford Manor. Long died in 1930 and the farm was eventually sold in 1973 to make way for the development of a mall complex, fittingly named Bashford Manor, that formally closed in 2003.

The Bashford Manor was the last of three stakes races on Saturday’s closing day card at Churchill Downs.

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