Calvin Borel became the 34th jockey in North American racing to reach the 4,500-win plateau when he guided William Carl’s Screen Your Friend to a 1 ¼-length victory over a fast-closing Lyin’ Heart in the 107th running of the $164,550 Bashford Manor Stakes (GIII) for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Screen Your Friend gave Borel his second victory in the Bashford Manor. Borel had won the race in 2000 aboard Duality.
Breaking from the rail, Screen Your Friend shot to the lead with longshot General Quarters in closest pursuit through the first quarter-mile in :21.64. General Quarters, ridden by Bill Troilo, briefly inched ahead on the far turn but Borel, saving ground on the inside, regained command at the head of the stretch in :45.30 and surged to a three-length lead at midstretch with enough left to hold off Lyin’ Heart and Corey Lanerie.
A homebred son of Friends Lake, Screen Your Friend covered the six furlongs in 1:10.84 over a fast track in winning for the second time in four starts and boosting his career earnings to $138,306 with the winner’s check of $99,981.
Sent off at odds of 18-1 in the field of seven, Screen Your Friend returned mutuels of $38, $13 and $4.80. Lyin’ Heart paid $4.20 and $2.60 while his Steve Asmussen-trained stablemate Segal ran third, 4 ¼ lengths back, under Shaun Bridgmohan, returning $3 to show. Favored Theregoesjojo was another half-length back in fourth.
Sunday is the final day of racing at Churchill Downs’ 52-day Spring Meet. The Grade III, $150,000-added Locust Grove Handicap for fillies and mares at one mile on turf tops the 11-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m. EDT.
Also, the titles for leading jockey and trainer will be decided. Robby Albarado won two races Saturday to enter closing day with a 70-63 advantage over Miguel Mena in the jockey standings. Albarado has seven scheduled mounts, while Mena has 10. In the trainer’s race, Tom Amoss and Steve Asmussen will start the day with 33 and 30 victories, respectively, after each won one race Saturday. Amoss has three horses entered Sunday, while Asmussen is set to start seven.
Asmussen needs one victory to become the eighth trainer to saddle 300 winners at Churchill Downs. Also, trainer David Vance is one victory shy of his 3,000th career win and Hall of Famer D. Wayne Lukas needs two victories to reach the 4,500-career win milestone.
BASHFORD MANOR STAKES JOCKEY & TRAINER QUOTES
CALVIN BOREL, Jockey of Screen Your Friend (winner & 4,500th career win)
“It feels so good! This is all I’ve wanted to do my whole life. I knew sooner or later we’d get to this number; it was just a matter of time. My daddy always told me that if that’s what you want, you’ve got to go get it. And that’s what I wanted. I’ve had a good career and I got lucky and won the (Kentucky) Derby – that was the icing on the cake. Now I’m just enjoying myself.
“It was good for Mr. Bernie (Flint) and the owners. This colt, he’s all right. He’s starting to mature and he’ll be a very nice horse. I do know one thing: he’ll sprint. He’s quick, very quick.”
BERNIE FLINT, trainer of Screen Your Friend (winner) via telephone
“I’m glad to see a little light at the end of the tunnel. I’ve had a bad half a year. My back went out on me and I tried to tough it out. I had a bulging disc, which just about disabled my right leg. I tried for a good five and a half months until I couldn’t take it anymore, then I got in touch with a neurosurgeon and they operated on me. Now I’ve been locked up in the house for the last four weeks (laughs). I don’t have a pain in the world right now. It feels so good to win a race at home (at Churchill Downs). It’s just a great feeling – the only thing better than this would have been if I could have been there to see the horse run.
“This is a colt that can go :21-and-change (for the first quarter) and still finish up. He’s only two, he’s just a baby. He’s got everything going for him – soundness and he’s a handsome baby. I’m just proud of him, and Mr. Carl has always been a good friend of mine and a good horseman. He’s not feeling very well and I’m down, too – so it looks like a broke-down owner and a broke-down trainer ended up getting our spirits lifted by a 2-year-old. That’s what the game is all about. It keeps us old birds going, and it’s just a great feeling to come up with a good baby. That’s what it’s all about.”
Q: It’s very early, but do you have any thoughts on what you’re going to do with him?
“Right now I’m going to see if I can go to my doctor and see if he can get me out of the house. I’ve been locked up for four weeks and I’m going to go beg him to turn me loose so I can get out and get around again. We’ve got the whole rest of the year with him. I was looking over at Saratoga and planning on going up there, but I haven’t made up my mind what we’re going to do with him. I wanted to get by this race first. Myself and Mr. Carl, we’re both kind of on the wrong end of health right now. But we’re going to get together and make a decision.”
Q: You know it was a milestone win for Calvin Borel – it was his 4,500th career victory…
“I’ve got about 33-hundred and he’s got about 45-hundred, so if you add both of them up together it looks like a big number to me.”
SCOTT BLASI, assistant to STEVE ASMUSSEN, trainer of Lyin’ Heart (runner-up) and Segal (third)
(on Lyin’ Heart) “He got away in a tangle and encountered a little traffic coming into the head of the stretch and got beat a length. He’s a very sensible colt and seems like he’s going to appreciate more ground.”
COREY LANERIE, jockey on LYIN’ HEART (runner-up)
“He ran really good. He’s very professional. The race set up just like I thought – I thought I’d be sitting right about there. He came on, but the winner didn’t come back to us. When I got out I thought I was a winner, because I thought they were going pretty quick up front. But I was expecting them to come back.
SHAUN BRIDGMOHAN, jockey on SEGAL (third)
“I had no excuse. He had a nice trip around there. He gave me what he had.”
ROBBY ALBARADO, jockey on THEREGOESJOJO (fourth as the favorite)
Q: It looked like you needed some running room in upper stretch…
“He ran a little greenly. It shut him down a little bit, but it didn’t affect the placing any. I was inside all around the turn and I kind of had to shove on him to get him going. In these kind of races, they tighten up.”