06/10/2011 12:04PM

Assiniboia Downs: Bobadieu likely to have company up front


Bobadieu, a front-running winner of the 5 1/2-furlong allowance prep on May 20, will be looking to double up at Assiniboia Downs in Sunday’s six-furlong Free Press.

The $25,000 Free Press, the first stakes race of the meeting for the open 3-and-up division, will go as the eighth race on a special Sunday program that begins at 1:15 p.m.

Bobadieu, an 8-year-old horse trained by Jared Brown, had raced at Canterbury Park and Remington Park last year and had a Turf Paradise outing under his belt when he scored in his Winnipeg debut on May 20.

Mark Anderson retains the mount on Bobadieu, who may have more company on the front end this time with Hilton’s Cherokee stepping up from a sharp 5 1/2-furlong score in the $20,000 claiming ranks.

Monsoon Rain, a 9-year-old gelding who is being trained this year by Chad Torevell, finished second in the prep, his first start in seven months.

Tyrone Nelson returns aboard Monsoon Rain, who pressed the pace and finished 1 3/4 lengths behind Bobadieu last time and has drawn the inside post for this rematch.

Vindgari and Cherokee’s Goal, third and fourth in the prep, also are back for the main event.

Rocco Bowen retains the mount on Vindgari, who finished just a nose behind Monsoon Rain, with Cherokee’s Goal another neck back in fourth.

Cherokee’s Goal, the 3-2 choice that day, returns with Juan Crawford in the irons and is a decided threat to make amends.

A 4-year-old colt trained by Clayton Gray, Cherokee’s Goal won the Harry Jeffrey at Assiniboia Downs and the Saskatchewan Derby at Marquis Downs last year and finished second in both the Golden Boy and Manitoba Derby.

Grow Up, second in last year’s Free Press, returns for new owner/trainer Rob Atras after being claimed for $20,000 from his last start, in which he finished second to Hilton’s Cherokee.