Godolphin’s stakes-winning homebred Adventuring will attempt turf for the first time in Saturday’s highly competitive second running of the $150,000 Tepin Stakes at Churchill Downs.
The one-mile Tepin, run on the Matt Winn Turf Course for 3-year-old fillies, was carded as the finale on the 12-race program. First post is 12:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and the Tepin will go at 6:27 p.m. The Tepin is one of seven stakes events on Saturday’s card. The others are the $600,000 Stephen Foster (GII), $300,000 Fleur de Lis (GII), $300,000 Wise Dan (GII), $150,000 Bashford Manor (GIII), $150,000 Debutante (Listed) and $150,000 War Chant.
Trained by Brad Cox, Adventuring was the two-length winner of the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks in late March at Turfway Park. The daughter of Pioneerof the Nile is out of the former Champion 3-Year-Old Filly Questing (GB). The four-time winning mare also produced two-time winner Romantic Pursuit who finished second in last year’s $150,000 The Very One Stakes (GIII) on the turf at Gulfstream Park. Adventuring will be ridden by John Velazquez from post No. 7.
Other top contenders that entered the Tepin are Terry Hamilton, Brian Lynch and Gary Barber’s two-time stakes winner Tobys Heart; Barry and Carol Conrad’s stakes winner New Boss; Michael Ryan, Jeff Drown and Team Valor International’s four-time stakes runner-up Invincible Gal (GB); and Miacomet Farm and Michael Pietrangelo’s $300,000 Edgewood (GII) second-place finisher Barista.
The complete field for the Tepin from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Invincible Gal (GB); Sylvia Q (Ricardo Santana Jr., Phil Bauer); Fairchild (Gabriel Saez, Mark Casse); Town Avenger (Drayden Van Dyke, Brian Lynch); Navratilova (Brian Hernandez Jr., Rusty Arnold II); Bullseye Beauty (Julie Burke, Andrew McKeever); Adventuring (Velazquez, Cox); Tobys Heart (Javier Castellano, Lynch); Malloy (Joe Talamo, Wayne Catalano); New Boss (Adam Beschizza, Bret Calhoun); Commanders Palace (Florent Geroux, Mark Casse); Barista (James Graham, Jimmy Baker); and Arm Candy (Tyler Gaffalione, Steve Asmussen).