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Sir Truebadour Sings Beautifully in G3 Bashford Manor

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Whispering Oaks Farm’s Sir Truebadour performed beautifully while giving trainer Steve Asmussen his record-tying fifth victory in the Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor Stakes on Saturday at Churchill Downs.

Breaking from post 4 as the 3-2 favorite under Ricardo Santana, Jr., Sir Truebadour was bumped slightly when Mr Chocolate Chip broke awkwardly from gate 5 but quickly collected himself and took command to post splits of :21.35 and :45.63 for the opening 1/2-mile. Beginning to separate as he exited the far turn, Sir Truebadour gradually increased his lead for much of the stretch. Though he began to tire in the final 1/16 of a mile, he had already built up enough of a lead that he was able to cross with a 2-length advantage in a final time of 1:12.77 for the 6-furlong main track event for juveniles.

“Steve and his team did a great job with this horse,” said Santana, Jr. “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.”

Mr Chocolate Chip and Overanalyzer, both sent off at odds of 99-1, made late charges to take second and third, respectively, resulting in a $2 exacta of $305.20 and a $0.50 trifecta of $2,153.65. Cat Addiction took fourth in a close finish over WeilandThe Song of JohnDalliance, and Shanghaied Roo. Ninth went to Baytown Glory over Toothless Wonder, with Eye Cloud and Mr. Granite completing the order of finish.

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Sir Truebadour’s win was his second in three career races, with his lone loss coming last out in the $150,000 Tremont Stakes at Belmont Park. The 2-year-old son of More Than Ready was purchased for $300,000 as a yearling, so Asmussen’s hopes and expectations were high.

“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 returned $5 to win, $3.80 to place, and $3 to show. Mr Chocolate Chip brought back $52 to place and $17 to show, while Overanalyzer paid $13.60 to show.

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