06/11/2013 12:32PM

Churchill Downs: Blueeyesintherein taking on elders in feature

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Tom Keyser
Blueeyesintherein has won three of her four starts.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Garry Simms entered Blueeyesintherein against older mares in the Grade 3 Winning Colors Stakes last month at Churchill Downs. But upon further review, the trainer scratched the standout 3-year-old filly.

“I think she would’ve run big in it,” Simms said. “But I didn’t want to see her run second or third. I’m trying to keep her on a winning track. I’m just trying to take the easiest route home.”

Some two weeks later, Blueeyesintherein will indeed face older rivals, albeit under a third-level allowance restriction. The filly looks like a prime contender in the Thursday feature at Churchill Downs, a $57,000 allowance at six furlongs.

Blueeyesintherein won the Grade 3 Debutante Stakes as an even-money favorite in just her second career start here last June and has never run in an allowance race. She won the Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in her 3-year-old debut before forcing all the pace and fading to fifth in a highly competitive renewal of the Grade 3 Eight Belles on the May 3 Kentucky Oaks undercard at Churchill. It was her first loss in four career tries.

Leandro Goncalves will be aboard Blueeyesintherein, a daughter of Magna Graduate, when she breaks from post 3 in a field of seven in the seventh of nine Thursday races. First post is 12:45 p.m. Eastern, with the feature set for 3:57.

Simms said he has “three or four possible spots in mind” for Blueeyesintherein after this race.

“We might take her up to Saratoga, depending on how she runs,” he said. “She’s a nice filly, no doubt. I just want to do right by her, manage her well.”

Clearly the chief threats Thursday are the Ken and Sarah Ramsey coupling of Sly Warrior (post 4, Ricardo Santana Jr.) and Glamour Puss (post 6, Dylan Davis), and the Larry Jones-trained Same Cross (post 7, Rosie Napravnik).

Mike Maker trains Sly Warrior, a two-back allowance winner, and Wesley Ward is the trainer of homebred Glamour Puss, who has never been worse than second in six career starts.

The Ramseys and Maker, who set all-time records in their respective categories in April at the Keeneland spring meet, have continued to win at a torrid pace since action shifted here in late April. With three weeks left in the spring meet, the Ramseys have 20 wins and Maker has 25, both tops in the standings.

Churchill’s four-day race week begins with a $19,566 carryover in the $2 pick six (races 4-9). One other allowance, a $52,000, first-level sprint for fillies and mares, directly follows the feature as race 8.