Washington-Bred Bodenheimer Outruns Indian Summer Foes Into Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf

Sent immediately to the front under Brian Hernandez Jr., Kristin Boice and Marylou Holden’s Bodenheimer ran his way into a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint by going wire to wire in the third running of the $150,000 Indian Summer Stakes on Sunday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Trained by Valorie Lund, Bodenheimer – a 2-year-old son of Atta Boy Roy bred in Washington by Larry Romaine – ran 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:02.70. He paid $10.20 for the win.

Cowan, sent off at 5-2, closed well in the stretch to be second but was never a threat to the winner. Agog finished third, with Good With People fourth in the field of a half-dozen juveniles.

The Indian Summer is a Win and You’re In Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series race giving the winner a fees-paid berth into the Juvenile Turf Sprint to be run at Keeneland on Nov. 6.

Bodenheimer, purchased by Lund for $27,000 at the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association Yearling Sale in 2019, ran his record to 3-for-4 with the victory, starting with an 11 1/4-length maiden win on turf at Canterbury Park on July 29 and a neck win in the Prairie Gold Juvenile Stakes on dirt at Prairie Meadows. He was coming off his lone defeat when fifth in the Juvenile Turf Sprint behind Outadore at Kentucky Downs.

 

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