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Joyful Cadence Brings Consistent Form To Keeneland | 2022 TCA Stakes Preview & FREE Picks
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Joyful Cadence Brings Consistent Form To Keeneland | 2022 TCA Stakes Preview & FREE Picks

Aaron previews the 2022 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes (G2) at Keeneland, then gives his top picks and longshots from this “Win & You’re In” for the 2022 Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint. The John Ortiz trainee Joyful Candence brings her ultra-consistent 2022 form (3-3-1 record in 7 starts) to her latest test. Tell us YOUR thoughts in the Comments section!

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The track press release:

Fincher Racing, Brad King and Suzanne Kirby’s Slammed, runner-up in the Rancho Bernardo (G3) at Del Mar in her most recent start, heads a field of nine fillies and mares entered Wednesday for the 42nd running of Saturday’s $350,000 Thoroughbred Club of America (G2) going 6 furlongs on the main track.

The Thoroughbred Club of America is a “Win and You’re In” race for the 16thrunning of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) to be run here Nov. 5. The TCA will go as the seventh race on Saturday’s 11-race program with a 4:10 p.m. ET post time. First post is 1 p.m.

Three horses have won the Thoroughbred Club of America and came back a few weeks later to win the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint with the most recent being Groupie Doll in 2012.

Owned by Suzanne Kirby and co-breeders Brad King and trainer Todd Fincher, Slammed has won eight of 11 starts with seven of those coming in state-bred races in New Mexico. In July, Fincher took the Slammed Show on the road to Del Mar.

“We had options in New Mexico,” Fincher said via text from Zia Park in New Mexico. “New Mexico has a great state-bred program with great purses. The owners and I love Del Mar, and we really wanted her to win a graded stakes race because we felt she was good enough and we also wanted to be in this position right now; a possible Breeders’ Cup serious contender.”

At Del Mar, Slammed trounced an allowance field by 5¼ lengths and then finished second to Edgeway by a half-length in the Rancho Bernardo (G3) on Aug. 28. Edgeway finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint (G1) at Del Mar.

“We flew her to Churchill Downs immediately after the Rancho Bernardo with the TCA as our target,” Fincher said.

Slammed, who has worked three times at Churchill Downs since coming east from Del Mar, will be ridden by Florent Geroux and exit post position seven in the TCA.

The field for the Thoroughbred Club of America, with riders and weights from the rail out, is: Li’l Tootsie (Edgar Morales, 120), Palm Cottage (Flavien Prat, 120), Club Car (Irad Ortiz Jr., 120), Carribean Caper (Jose Ortiz, 120), Sconsin (Tyler Gaffalione, 122), Liberty M D (Julien Leparoux, 120), Slammed (Geroux, 120), Joyful Cadence (Rey Gutierrez, 120), Happy Soul (John Velazquez, 118).