06/30/2011 2:12PM

Churchill Downs: Sum of the Parts looks to build on debut in Bashford Manor

Churchill Downs/Reed Palmer Photography
Sum of the Parts comes into the Grade 3 Bashford Manor off a 2 3/4-length victory in his debut.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Both horses that Tom Amoss sent out to win the Bashford Manor Stakes have returned to Churchill Downs the following spring to run in the Kentucky Derby. That’s a good thing, isn’t it?

Well, kind of.

Lone Star Sky, the 2002 Bashford Manor winner for Amoss, finished ahead of just one opponent when 15th in the 2003 Derby, while Backtalk finished last of 20 in the 2010 Derby some 10 months after capturing the premier spring race at Churchill for 2-year-olds.

Now, Amoss is back with the favorite for the 110th Bashford Manor on Saturday with a rapid colt named Sum of the Parts, and the 49-year-old trainer is fully cognizant of what a victory might portend for next spring.

“This horse is only going to be a sprinter,” said Amoss, adding with a grin: “And he would run last in the Derby. So I promise we won’t be doing that to him.”

Sum of the Parts was terrific in winning his first and only start May 14 at Churchill, making all the pace before gliding away to a 2 3/4-length triumph, earning a field-high 88 Beyer Speed Figure in the process.

“He’s really trained great since then,” Amoss said as he watched the colt school in the paddock prior to the third race Thursday. “I’ve made some pretty bold statements about him, so we’ll see if they hold up Saturday. I really do think he’s a good horse.”

Eleven juvenile colts are entered in the Grade 3, $100,000 Bashford Manor, a six-furlong race that anchors a lengthy Saturday card as the 12th of 13 races. First post is 12:45 p.m. Eastern, with the feature going at 6:23.

Sum of the Parts, by Speightstown, will start from post 7 when ridden back by Leandro Goncalves.

Among the top threats to the favorite are Lil Cherokee (post 2, Miguel Mena), the only starter to have run in something beyond a maiden race; Exfactor (post 4, Calvin Borel), a powerful winner here June 9 after running second to Sum of the Parts in his debut; and Tarpy’s Goal (post 9, Kent Desormeaux), an easy winner here May 19.

“You had to like the way he moved that first out,” said Dale Romans, trainer of Tarpy’s Goal.

The Bashford Manor could factor into what has become a tight race for leading trainer at the spring meet, which ends Monday. Amoss won the third race Thursday with Shore Do, marking his 15th win of the meet and pulling him into a tie atop the standings with Steve Asmussen. Ken McPeek (14) and Eddie Kenneally (14) were right behind.

In something of an upset, Asmussen, long noted for his work with 2-year-olds and a three-time winner of the Bashford Manor, does not have a starter in the race.

The Saturday card also features the return of Dublin in a $65,200 allowance sprint (race 11). Dublin, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, made his two most recent starts in the 2010 Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

◗ Churchill is billing the final three days of the meet as “Red, White, and Blues Weekend,” offering $1 beer and $1 hot dogs in the paddock area, live blues music in the paddock area from 2-6 p.m. daily, free admission to active military and veterans, and a variety of patriotic fanfare.