LOUISVILLE, KY – Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing extended her win streak to four while making a successful 2020 debut in Saturday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs.
Breaking well from post 9 under Manny Franco as the 2/1 second choice, Sharing was forwardly-placed early, running within a few lengths of the front-running In Good Spirits. With Outburst and Walk In Marrakesh giving closest chase, In Good Spirits posted opening fractions of :24.16, :48.39, and 1: down the backstretch and into the far turn.
Still holding command at the top of the stretch, In Good Spirits soon came under fire as the cavalry came charging. Sharing tipped out and made a three-wide move to run alongside In Good Spirits and the sandwiched Outburst, who held a slim lead at the top of the stretch.
Sharing began pulling ahead of those two in the stretch and was confidently kept to a hand ride through to the wire. The Graham Motion trainee crossed a 1/2-length clear of the late-running Abscond while completing the mile-long firm turf route in a final time of 1:36.26.
“It’s great seeing her back to her form from last year,” Franco said. “She’s very classy but it makes your job easier when you have nice horses underneath you.”
Abscond’s bid from mid-pack was not strong enough to catch the winner, but it did put her 3/4 of a length ahead of Pass the Plate, who headed In Good Spirits at the wire for third. Alms, the 8/5 favorite, made a four-wide bid at the top of the stretch but flattened out and finished fifth ahead of Dominga, who headed Walk In Marrakesh for sixth.
Moral Reasoning, Jezebel’s Kitten, Queen of God, Outburst, Eve of War, and Oxum Power completed the order of finish. Heir of Light and Hendy Woods were scratched.
Sharing’s win was a sharp return following a strong 2019 campaign that ended with victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). The 3-year-old Speightstown filly now carries a record of 5-4-0-1 with $787,340 earned.
Sharing returned $6.60 to win, $4.40 to place, and $3.60 to show. Abscond brought back $11.40 to place and $7 to show, while Pass the Plate paid $8.80 to show.