Chamberlain Bridge, winner of last year’s Turf Sprint on the Matt Winn Turf Course, breezed four furlongs around the dogs in :50.60 Saturday in preparation to defend his crown next weekend.
“He went really well, and that was exactly what we wanted,” trainer Bret Calhoun said. “We wanted him to go out there and enjoy himself on the turf.”
Chamberlain Bridge prepped for the Turf Sprint last year with the Grade III Woodford at Keeneland, which was four weeks before the Breeders’ Cup; however, this year the 7-year-old gelded son of War Chant will enter the race off a two-month layoff.
“Physically he’s as good as he’s ever been, but he’s not as mentally tough, so we wanted to give him plenty of space between races,” Calhoun said. “All of his races this year have been pretty average besides his last one. His run in the Turf Monster reminded me of his best races, so he seems like he’s coming up to another big one. We’re looking for the repeat for sure.”
Chamberlain Bridge sports a record of 17-4-8 from 36 lifetime starts and earnings of $1,684,531.
--Edited Churchill Downs release