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Churchill Downs: Shared Property begins comeback in Wednesday allowance
By Byron King
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – During the spring-summer meet, Churchill Downs might have been lucky to fill a second-level allowance race on dirt with eight horses. In the fall, with the horse population greatly increased because of fewer tracks in seasonal operation, Churchill doesn’t even have space for all the entries in a $54,000, second-level allowance.
The race, which has a $62,500 claiming condition and is run at seven furlongs on dirt, highlights Wednesday’s 10-race card. Fifteen horses were entered, but only 12 can run, leaving three horses on the also-eligible list.
Leading the field is Shared Property, winner of the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity last year as a 2-year-old. Although winless in four starts since then, he proved a fringe player in Kentucky Derby preps earlier this year at Fair Grounds, finishing third in the Grade 3 Lecomte and fifth in the Grade 2 Risen Star and Grade 2 Louisiana Derby.
What Shared Property lacks is a recent start – he has not raced since the Louisiana Derby on April 1.
“He had a breathing problem that we addressed,” trainer Tom Amoss said. “With these, it’s a very gray area. His works have been good, no sign of breathing issues. But you never know until you get in the battle.”
Regular rider Leandro Goncalves returns to ride Shared Property, a 3-year-old gelded son of Scat Daddy owned by Jerry Namy.
Shrill has a recency advantage over Shared Property and looms a factor, despite an eighth-place finish at Keeneland on Polytrack on Oct. 11. That race marked his first start since July, and he may have needed it to regain fitness. He also seems a far more effective and faster horse on dirt. This summer, he ran Beyer Speed Figures in the mid 90s in stakes races at Ellis Park on dirt, and he also is a winner over the Churchill Downs main track.
A 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor with earnings of $105,875, Shrill has been installed as the 7-2 favorite over 4-1 Shared Property on the morning line.
Other contenders include Goodtimehadbyall, a winner of four of eight at Churchill Downs; Quiet Man, a comebacking colt with good fast-track form; Future Prospect, upset winner of the Kentucky Cup Classic in 2011; and Hamiltonian, who returns to dirt after getting outrun and finishing sixth behind Sum of the Parts in the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland on Oct. 5.
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