Stonestreet Stables’ eye-popping 8 ¾-length maiden winner Cazadero leads a field of seven promising 2-year-olds in search of graded stakes glory in Saturday’s 119th running of the $100,000 Bashford Manor presented by TwinSpires.com (Grade III).
The six-furlong Bashford Manor will go as Race 8 of 11 with a post time of 4:43 p.m. (all times Eastern). The race shares the spotlight on Saturday with the $500,000 Stephen Foster presented by Coca-Cola (GII), $200,000 Fleur de Lis presented by Coca-Cola (GII) and $100,000 Regret presented by TwinSpires.com (GIII). First post is 1 p.m.
Cazadero, trained by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, dazzled in his debut on May 29 at Churchill Downs under Ricardo Santana Jr. Cazadero, a 2-year-old homebred son of Street Sense, sported an impressive work tab entering his maiden race which included a swift half-mile move in :46.40 from the gate at Keeneland. Since his debut, Cazadero has been stabled with Asmussen’s string at Churchill Downs.
Santana will have the call from post No. 6.
Also entered in the race is Cazadero’s stablemate Hulen, who recently bested seven rivals by 1 ½ lengths in a 5 ½-furlong maiden special weight on June 12. Owned by Asmussen’s longtime owners Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt along with Madaket Stables and Spendthrift Farm, Hulen was bred in Texas by the Asmussen family and was sold at the Fasig Tipton October Yearling Sale for $50,000.
Corey Lanerie will be in the irons from post 2.
The Bashford Manor field, which features all first-out maiden winners, from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Crown and Coke (Miguel Mena, James Lawrence II); Hulen (Lanerie, Asmussen); Gatsby (Tyler Gaffalione, Juan Alvarado); Hyperfocus (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher); Herd Immunity (Brian Hernandez Jr., Peter Miller); Cazadero (Santana, Asmussen); and County Final (James Graham, John Ennis).