Notes & Quotes From the Rags to Riches, Street Sense Stakes: Finite, South Bend

(Finite wins the Rags to Riches Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team:

Finite posted her second straight daylight win with a commanding six-length win over Lady Glamour in Sunday’s seventh running of the $122,097 Rags to Riches Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 26-day Fall Meet.

The 2-year-old daughter of Munnings crushed Monomoy Girl’s 2017 stakes record of 1:36.29 by clocking one mile over a fast track in 1:35.53 under jockey Ricardo Santana Jr.Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen conditions the Winchell Thoroughbreds homebred, who is owned in partnership by Ron Winchell, Thomas J. Reiman, William Dickson and Deborah A. Easter.

Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. — Finite (1st):

“She relaxed so comfortable for me today after breaking so well,” Santana said. “I got her in the perfect spot and she responded every step of the way to the finish. She’s a very nice filly and I think she can go longer.”

Trainer Steve Asmussen — Finite: 

Next up for the chestnut filly will be the $300,000 G2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs on Saturday, Nov. 30.

“She definitely passed the test today stretching out in distance,” Asmussen said. “She’s a very quality filly and had a nice win at Kentucky Downs coming into this race. The Golden Rod is definitely the right race for her after this type of performance so it was encouraging to see her stretch out.”

Trainer Larry Demeritte — LADY GLAMOUR (2nd):

“We’re very pleased with how our filly ran today. It was a great race.”

Assistant Trainer David Carroll — SPECIALLY (7th):

“She came back a little quickly in this race today in only three weeks. She trained really well out of that race but it was pretty quick to come back.”

(South Bends wins the Street Sense Stakes at Churchill Downs / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

SOUTH BEND EMERGES AS STREET SENSE WINNER

Covered up behind the leaders along the rail for most of the one-mile race, 7-5 favorite South Bend found a clear path with a sixteenth of a mile to run and forged clear inside the final 50 yards to emerge as a one-length winner over Fighting Seabee in Sunday’s seventh running of the $123,664 Street Sense Overnight Stakes on opening day of Churchill Downs’ 26-day Fall Meet.

Julien Leparoux rode the 2-year-old for Kevin Plank’s Sagamore Farm and trainer Stan Hough. The Algorithms colt ran one mile in 1:35.56, just .01 behind McCraken’s 2016 stakes record (1:35.55).

Jockey Julien Leparoux — South Bend (1st):

“I think he’s still figuring everything out at this stage and to be this talented is very exciting,” Leparoux said. “When he got an open spot late in the stretch he finally realized he needed to start running fast again to get through and he got up to win.”

Trainer Stanley Hough — South Bend:

“It’s always nice to have a horse show this much talent early in his career,” Hough said. “He hasn’t shown me anything yet that he can’t stretch out around two turns so the Kentucky Jockey Club at the end of the meet would make sense.”

The $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club (Grade II), a 1 1/16-mile race for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs, will be run on Saturday, Nov. 30. The Kentucky Jockey Club is part of the “Road to the Kentucky Derby” point series that will determine the field of 20 horses that will compete in the Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve (GI) at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 2.

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.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds

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