05/22/2013 11:40AM

Churchill Downs: Shared Property returns to two turns in Friday allowance


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tom Amoss has been a man on the go. Late last week, the trainer traveled from Louisville to Baton Rouge to Baltimore, and by Tuesday night, there he was in some other spot, greeting two of his horses in the winner’s circle at Indiana Downs in the Indianapolis suburb of Shelbyville.

By Friday around 7:30 p.m. Eastern, Amoss hopes to come home again to the Churchill Downs winner’s circle. That would be right after he sends out Shared Property as one of the main contenders in the 10th-race feature, a $57,000 third-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles. An 11-race twilight program starts at 2:45.

Shared Property, a 4-year-old gelding by Scat Daddy, was a sharp second in a May 2 allowance, a one-turn mile won by Golden Ticket, who dead-heated for the win in last year’s Travers.

“His race opening week was pretty good,” said Amoss. “He’s made a nice turnaround for us. He struggled a little after a good 2-year-old season, but hopefully he’s rounding back.”

Shared Property opened his career in the summer of 2011 with a maiden romp at Ellis Park and a victory in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity. But after running sixth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland, he became something of a forgotten horse, losing his first four races at 3 before plunging in class to win a Delta Downs allowance in late December.

His two races this year have been creditable, and Amoss is looking for a solid effort from the gelding in the third race of his form cycle.

“The stretch-out to the two turns should work well for him,” said Amoss.

Shared Property will have Leandro Goncalves back aboard when he breaks from post 6.

Probably the main threats to Shared Property are the pair slotted just to his outside: Mr. Bowling (post 7, Alan Garcia), the third-place finisher from the Derby Week race, and Hoorayforhollywood (post 8, Rosie Napravnik), a Bob Baffert trainee with a steady Southern California work pattern since having last raced March 31.

The rest of the lineup is Sabercat, Son of a General, Golden Gulch, Macho Bull, and Nicklaus Way.

The Friday program coincides with what Churchill is billing as “The City’s Best Happy Hour,” featuring live music and food and drink specials. Every Friday through meet’s end will be a twilight card. Night racing (6 p.m. post) will be held on three straight Saturdays starting June 15.