Review of Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 15

Race 6. Wise Dan Stakes,(G2T). For three-year-old and up at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Purse $250,000.

Entries:

PP Horse Jockey Trainer M/L
1 Get Western Julien R. Leparoux Charles Lopresti 50/1
2 All Right Adam Beschizza John Alexander Ortiz 30/1
3 First Premio Brian Hernandez, Jr. Mark E. Casse 8/1
4 Hot Springs Ricardo Santana, Jr. Steven M. Asmussen 10/1
5 Holiday Stone Florent Geroux Eddie Kenneally 20/1
6 Siem Riep James Graham Ben Colebrook 8/1
7 Itsinthepost Tyler Baze Jeff Mullins 5/1
8 Noble Commander Gabriel Saez Philip D’Amato 30/1
9 Inspector Lynley Jose L. Ortiz Claude R. McGaughey III 6/1
10 El Picaro Javier Castellano Ignacio Correas, IV 12/1
11 March to the Arch Tyler Gaffalione Mark E. Casse 6/1
12 Admission Office Joel Rosario Brian A. Lynch 5/1
13 Cullum Road John R. Velazquez Michael J. Maker 6/1
14 Bourbon Resolution Chris Landeros Ian R. Wilkes 10/1
15 Parlor Corey J. Lanerie Eddie Kenneally 10/1

Itsinthepost is set for his 7-year-old debut Saturday. He ended his 2018 season with two off-the-board finishes following a victory in the Charles Whittingham Stakes (G2T) at Santa Anita Park last spring. He kicked off last season with three consecutive wins: San Gabriel, San Marcos, and San Luis Rey stakes all G2T races. He was third, beaten three-quarters of a length, in the Dixiana Elkhorn Stakes (G2T) at Keeneland.

Hot Springs won four of five starts on the Churchill Downs lawn. He won over the course and distance last fall at 3 when he won the Commonwealth Turf Stakes (G3T) on yielding grass. He’s had two starts this year since that effort and has been off the board both times, including a seventh-place finish in the Opening Verse Overnight Stakes.

Siem Riep was runner-up in stakes races three times before breaking though in the Opening Verse. He went gate-to-wire and won easily.

First Premio entered the Opening Verse off a Keeneland allowance victory and was favored to win the stakes but was passed near the end after sitting off the pace and finished fourth.

Admission Office ran second in the Dixie Stakes (G2T) May 18 at Pimlico.

Bourbon Resolution won the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) winner. He will be making his stakes turf debut.

El Picaro is a multiple G1 winner in Chile. He will be making his first start stateside.

Inspector Lynley was a close second in this race last year.  He is a multiple graded stakes winner.

Our Top Three Picks:

  • Hot Springs
  • Admission Office
  • First Premio

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