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2023 Bashford Manor Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Wilson Q Ready For Fight At Ellis Park
Wilson Q (Coady Photography)

2023 Bashford Manor Stakes Preview & FREE Picks | Wilson Q Ready For Fight At Ellis Park

Mike previews the 2023 Bashford Manor Stakes from Ellis Park, then gives his top picks & long shots. After gamely winning his debut at Churchill Downs on May 18, the Doug O’Neill-trained Wilson Q looks ready for another fight in his 2nd career start. Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The press release:

    The Del Mar Group’s Wilson Q will attempt to notch his second-lifetime victory in as many starts when he faces five 2-year-old rivals that entered Sunday’s 122nd running of the $225,000 Bashford Manor (Listed) at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

    The six-furlong Bashford Manor was tabbed as Race 5 of 10 with a post time of 1:45 p.m. (all times Central) First post is 11:45 a.m. The stellar Sunday program features five stakes contests and a mandatory payout in all exotic wagers. Along with the Bashford Manor, the card is co-headlined by the $225,000 Hanshin Stakes presented by the JRA (Listed), the $225,000 Debutante (Listed), the $175,000 Anchorage Overnight Stakes and the $175,000 Maxfield Overnight Stakes.

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    The young Wilson Q broke sharply in his May 18 debut at Churchill Downs and gamely held off Gold Sweep by a neck. Gold Sweep subsequently returned to romp by nine lengths on June 11 at Belmont Park. Wilson Q is a son of Constitution out of the Speightstown mare Margate Gardens.

    The Doug O’Neill trainee is based at Keeneland and sports a sharp 1:00.20 five-furlong move from the gate in his most recent work prior to the Bashford Manor. Jockey Rey Gutierrez will be in the saddle from post No. 1.

    Here’s the field for the Bashford Manor in order of post positions (with jockey and trainer):

  1. Wilson Q (Gutierrez, O’Neill)
  2. Unified Point (Junior Alvarado, John Ortiz)
  3. Go Otto Go (Florent Geroux, Steve Asmussen)
  4. Call Me Andy (Tyler Gaffalione, Brendan Walsh)
  5. The Wine Steward (Luis Saez, Mike Maker)
  6. Lou’s Legacy (Yarmarie Correa, Hugo Andrade)
  7. Magical Mark (Cristian Torres, Karl Broberg)