Matt Winn Preview: Mr. Money Tries to Cash In at Churchill Downs Again

(Mr. Money after winning the G3 Pat Day Mile / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Allied Racing Stables’ Pat Day Mile Presented by LG&E and KU (Grade III) winner Mr. Money tops Saturday’s $150,000 Matt Winn for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles at Churchill Downs.Trained by Bret Calhoun, Mr. Money stormed home to a 5 ¼-length score in the Pat Day Mile at odds of 7-1. The son of Goldencents was Calhoun’s “original Kentucky Derby horse” but found success cutting back in distance following a fifth-place effort in the Louisiana Derby (GII). Calhoun finished 11th in the Derby with By My Standards.

“He was our original Kentucky Derby horse after his 2-year-old year,” Calhoun said. “He trained super into the Pat Day Mile and he’s doing awesome. He’s always done everything the right way when he trains in the morning and shows so much talent every day when he steps on the racetrack.”

Mr. Money drew post No. 6 and will be ridden by regular rider Gabriel Saez.

(Signalman at Keeneland / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Tommie Lewis, Steve Crabtree, Dean Demaree, David Bernsen, Jim Chambers and Magdalena Racing’s Signalman will try to revert back to his solid 2-year-old form in the Matt Winn. Trained by Kenny McPeek, Signalman finished ninth in the Preakness in his most recent start.

Signalman was originally targeted to the Kentucky Derby and kick started his campaign in November with a narrow victory in the Kentucky Jockey Club (GII). Following a seventh-place effort in the Fountain of Youth (GII) and a third-place finish in the Blue Grass (GII), he seemingly did not have enough points on the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” to make the field of 20 horses. Brian Hernandez Jr. will have the riding assignment from post 2.

The Matt Winn field from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Limonite (Ricardo Santana Jr., Steve Asmussen); Signalman (Hernandez, McPeek); Nolo Contesto (Joel Rosario, John Sadler); Knicks Go (Tyler Gaffalione, Ben Colebrook); Proverb (Calvin Borel, Ron Moquett); Mr. Money (Saez, Calhoun); and Armistice Day (Corey Lanerie, Tommy Drury).

The Matt Winn, which goes as Race 5 Saturday with a post time of approximately 8:03 p.m. (all times Eastern), was named in honor of the famed Churchill Downs president that served as the driving force in the development of the Downs and his beloved Kentucky Derby.

The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

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