05/09/2013 2:36PM

Churchill Downs: Sweet Cassiopeia can keep streaking

Barbara D. Livingston
Sweet Cassiopeia wins the Giant’s Causeway at Keeneland last month for her fifth straight triumph.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – If Bill Connelly isn’t careful, the 5-year-old mare Sweet Cassiopeia is going to become a very familiar name to horseplayers – whether or not they can pronounce it.

Sweet Cassiopeia has turned into a win machine, and she will be favored for a sixth straight when she faces 10 other filly-mare turf sprinters in the nominal Saturday feature at Churchill Downs, a $65,000 overnight stakes called the Unbridled Sidney.

“We’re looking forward to running her again,” said Connelly, who has done an outstanding job in picking spots for Sweet Cassiopeia. “Everything keeps going right for us with her. We just want to keep it going.”

Sweet Cassiopeia, with Corey Lanerie back to ride, won the Giant’s Causeway at Keeneland last month for her fifth straight triumph, and her ninth from 18 overall starts. Her tractability has been a real key to success, and it figures to put her in a good spot again Saturday behind the ample speed entered in this five-furlong race.

Connelly has frequently said Sweet Cassiopeia is equally capable over a variety of surfaces and that he will consider the May 27 Winning Colors on the Churchill dirt and ultimately the Presque Isle Masters on synthetic in September for his stable star.

If any of her opponents is to upset Sweet Cassiopeia when she spots them four to nine pounds as the race highweight, it could be Holiday for Kitten (post 1, Calvin Borel), a multiple stakes winner bred and owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey; Good Deed (post 5, Shaun Bridgmohan), a speedy 4-year-old making her grass debut for trainer Steve Margolis; or Palazzo Babe (post 9, Rosie Napravnik), a steady 6-year-old in sharp form for Michelle Lovell.

The Unbridled Sidney, named for the filly who set a course record for this distance (55.54 seconds) in 2005, is carded as the 10th of 11 Saturday races. First post is 12:45 p.m. Eastern.

Ronny Werner, who trained Unbridled Sidney, is represented Saturday by Bounding Bi (post 10, Miguel Mena). The course record by Unbridled Sidney was slightly lowered to 55.45 seconds by Silver Timber in 2010.

Albarado draws ban

The Churchill stewards have suspended jockey Robby Albarado three days for his role in a disqualification on Derby weekend.

Albarado rode Cyber Secret to a second-place finish behind Take Charge Indy in the Grade 2 Alysheba on Friday, but the horse was disqualified to eighth for crowding his rivals from the outside going into the first turn of the 1 1/16-mile race.

Acting chief steward Barbara Borden said Albarado will serve the days immediately, starting with the Saturday card at Churchill and through the May 16 card.

Meanwhile, the stewards decided not to levy a penalty against Edgar Prado for his role in the disqualification of his mount, Prime Cut, from third to last in the third race Saturday. Prime Cut pinched off the favorite, The Pizza Man, who was eased to the wire but did not suffer any injuries.