06/17/2011 1:56PM

Churchill Downs: Let's Do It tries again at same level


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Funny how that works. Purses at Churchill Downs have undergone a couple of double-digit increases in recent weeks, and now a second-level allowance worth $67,500 has attracted an oversubscribed field of extremely well matched horses, exemplifying how such a formula can work to the advantage of horseplayers.

Let’s Do It, one of a small string of horses that Graham Motion left here after he won the May 7 Kentucky Derby with Animal Kingdom, is one of the logical favorites in the ninth of 10 Sunday races, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up. A 4-year-old El Prado colt, Let’s Do It most recently was a stretch-running second for this identical condition May 20, when the purse was $52,267 and only eight started.

Julien Leparoux will take the mount on Let’s Do It when the colt breaks from post 5. Twelve others are entered, although also-eligible Screen Play will make the race only in the case of a scratch.

Several horses scheduled to break near Let’s Do It are among his main rivals: King’s Command (post 4, Robby Albarado), Joes Blazing Aaron (post 6, Jesus Castanon), and Almoradi (post 8, Miguel Mena).

King’s Command, trained by Neil Howard, showed real grit in getting through his first allowance condition in his last start, the third in his form cycle. The 4-year-old son of Empire Maker owns the tactical speed that could serve him well in a race that shouldn’t lack for pace.

Joes Blazing Aaron is the main reason a quick tempo appears likely. Since Florida-based breeder-owner Joseph Witek sent the speedy colt to Kentucky and trainer Mike Maker, Joes Blazing Aaron has set the pace before fading in a pair of contentious stakes and now figures to stay longer out front, given the drop back into allowance company.

Almoradi, trained and co-owned by Eddie Kenneally, appreciated the wakeup call that a $50,000-claiming berth on June 3 afforded him as he did everything perfectly in asserting his class. The 5-year-old son of Barathea sports a number of Beyer Speed Figures that would make him very competitive here.

One other allowance (race 4) also is carded for Sunday. It’s a $62,100, first-level, seven-furlong race that drew six 3-year-old fillies, led by Henny’s Hurricane, who scratched from the Dogwood Stakes two weeks ago to run fifth instead in a small Prairie Meadows stakes. Leparoux rides for trainer Ken McPeek.

After Sunday, Churchill goes dark for three days before live action resumes Thursday. First post both days is 12:45 p.m. Eastern.

Churchill purses underwent a 10 percent increase June 3 and another 15 percent hike Thursday. The 39-day spring meet ends July 4.