05/24/2013 5:32PM

Churchill Downs notes: Treasury Bill settles in


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Treasury Bill, a one-time Kentucky Derby hopeful, is on target to run here at Churchill Downs June 15 in the Grade 3 Matt Winn Stakes after recently being transferred into the barn of trainer Wayne Catalano. The colt had his first local breeze Thursday, going five furlongs in 1:02.80.

“He’s settled in real nice,” said Catalano. “He was sent to us in real good shape.”

Treasury Bill, a 3-year-old son of Lemon Drop Kid, is owned by Gary and Mary West. The colt was based in California with trainer Ron Ellis for his first five races and became a Derby candidate when he finished second in the Feb. 17 San Vicente at Santa Anita. Treasury Bill was so impressive in that race that he was listed as a separate interest in Pool 2 of the Kentucky Derby Future Wager, closing at 28-1.

The Derby hopes ended, though, with an eighth-place finish in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park in March.

The 1 1/16-mile Matt Winn will be part of the Foster card, the first of three straight Saturday night programs.

Havelock going to Royal Ascot

Havelock, the turf-sprint specialist bred and owned by the Silverton Hill Farm of Tommy and Bonnie Hamilton, is headed to Royal Ascot in England for his next race, according to trainer Darrin Miller.

“We’re all pretty excited about it,” said Miller. “I’ve never been, so I’m looking forward to the experience.”

Havelock, a 6-year-old Maryland-bred gelding, will run in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee, a six-furlong race set for June 22, the final day of the five-day meet. Havelock has won 6 of 13 lifetime starts on turf and is a multiple graded stakes winner, with the Grade 3 Shakertown at Keeneland last month his latest stakes victory.

Asmussen has sharp maiden winner

Steve Asmussen and Winchell Thoroughbreds unveiled a potential star when Teardrop, a 2-year-old filly by Tapit, was an impressive winner of her career debut here Thursday under Rosie Napravnik.

“She could be very special,” said Asmussen, adding it was possible the gray filly could run back here June 22 in the Debutante Stakes.

Teardrop prevailed by 3 3/4 lengths despite a slow start and after nearly blowing the turn of the five-furlong race. She earned a 67 Beyer Speed Figure.

“Rosie did a great job keeping her together,” said Asmussen.

Teardrop is out of the 15-year-old mare Wild Vision, making her a half-sister to three stakes winners, most notably Pyro.

Skyring in for Firecracker

With or without Wise Dan, the Firecracker most likely will have Skyring in the field, according to Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas. Skyring pulled a 24-1 upset in the Grade 2 Dixie Stakes, the race before the Preakness at Pimlico, with his Calumet Farm stablemate, Optimizer, finishing third.

“It looks like I’ll send Optimizer to New York” for the Grade 1 Manhattan, said Lukas. “I’ll save Skyring for the race here.”

Margolis feeling good

Trainer Steve Margolis is elated with the way Wine Princess is training for the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis on the Foster card. Wine Princess breezed six furlongs in 1:12.80 here Thursday morning.

“I’ll work her one more time before the Fleur de Lis, maybe eight or nine days out,” said Margolis. “She couldn’t be doing any better.”

The 1 1/8-mile Fleur de Lis is expected to mark the first race for the 2012 divisional champion, Royal Delta, since she returned from Dubai. On Fire Baby and Funny Proposition are among the other known hopefuls.

Apropos trying again

Apropos, a beaten odds-on favorite on Derby Day when she was coming off an Oaklawn Park victory in which she earned a triple-digit Beyer, will take a second crack at a “two-other-than” condition as the favorite in the first and richest of three Sunday allowance races.

Trained by Al Stall Jr., Apropos will have Joe Rocco Jr. aboard in the fourth of 10 Sunday races, a $54,000, filly-mare event at seven furlongs. The two other allowances are carded as races 8 and 9. First post is 12:45 p.m. Eastern.

** Jesus Castanon escaped serious injury in the final race Thursday when his mount, Kruthen, fell shortly after a stumbling start, throwing the jockey to the turf. Castanon, best known for winning the 2011 Preakness on Shackleford, was sore Friday but still able to fulfill all mounts.

** A field of seven fillies and mares was drawn Friday for the Memorial Day feature, the Grade 3, $100,000 Winning Colors. Likely favorites for the six-furlong race are Judy the Beauty, Burban, Beat the Blues, and Vuitton. One 3-year-old, Blueeyesintherein, is in the lineup.

** Joao Moreira, the Brazilian native who has been the dominant rider in Singapore in recent years, did not make it to Churchill to fulfill one mount Thursday, but he was scheduled to be on hand Saturday at Arlington Park before riding here Sunday and Monday, ending with the mount on Judy the Beauty for trainer Wesley Ward in the Winning Colors.