11/12/2012 2:35PM

Churchill Downs: Debase the Dollar poised to advance off maiden win

Barbara D. Livingston
Debase the Dollar ran five races before winning her maiden at Keeneland in October.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It took a well-bred filly named Debase the Dollar five races to get through her maiden condition. Now that she has the hang of winning, the 3-year-old filly might well make it a habit.

“She sure has trained well since coming down here since that last win” at Keeneland, noted Kenny McCarthy, the Churchill Downs-based assistant to trainer Bill Mott. “Hopefully that will be reflected when we run her back Wednesday afternoon.”

Debase the Dollar, a $270,000 yearling by Malibu Moon, is a lukewarm morning-line favorite in the Wednesday feature at Churchill, a $52,000 turf route for fillies and mares. Although she was competitive in preceding maiden races, it was not until Oct. 13 that Debase the Dollar was able to join the ranks of winners.

Debase the Dollar will break from post 3 and be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, who has edged away to a 16-13 lead over Corey Lanerie atop the fall-meet jockey standings with two more five-day weeks remaining at the 21-day stand.

Other contenders in the ninth-race feature include Street Savy (post 1), who came into the care of trainer Dale Romans following the Saratoga meet; Glamour N Glory (post 4), a winner of only 2 of 15 starts with 7 seconds who is making her second start with blinkers; A Time to Love (post 8), who twice led to deep stretch in similar turf events at Keeneland before having to settle for smaller shares; and Constrictor (post 10), a rare Overbrook Farm holdover trained by former Romans assistant Liz Gray.

Romans said Street Savy may not actually start because she is scheduled to be sold at Keeneland this week.

In all, 14 will be on the program, although only as many as 10 can start on the turf. If transferred to the main track, Even Forest will become a major contender as a main-track-only designee.

The feature is one of two first-level allowances on a card that starts at the usual 12:40 p.m. Eastern. The other one is carded as race 5 and also is scheduled for the turf at 1 3/8 miles. A well-matched and oversubscribed field of fillies and mares figures to have Heart of Destiny, Archetype, Satyana, and Corleone as the main contenders.

Wednesday marks the sixth annual Women’s Day at the Races, with daylong activities taking place on Millionaires Row 6. Tickets are $75, with all proceeds benefitting the Backside Learning Center.

Also Wednesday, former longtime Churchill announcer Mike Battaglia will call all 10 races. Battaglia is filling in for Mark Johnson, who left Sunday for England to attend a memorial service for his father. Johnson is scheduled back Thursday.