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Ready for Rye 9-5 in Bay Shore


Ready for Rye, the Swale Stakes winner, goes after another seven-furlong graded stakes win in Saturday's Bay Shore Stakes.

Trained by Tom Albertrani, Ready for Rye is listed as the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the Bay Shore by virtue of his 2 3/4-length score over Daredevil in the Swale. In turn, Daredevil is the 9-5 morning line favorite for the TwinSpires.com Wood Memorial.

The son of City Zip encountered another Kentucky Derby hopeful in his career debut last summer at Saratoga Race Course, losing by 2 1/2 lengths to Carpe Diem, who is the even-money favorite for the Toyota Blue Grass on Saturday.

"He's doing very well right now," said Albertrani. "He really surprised us in the Swale. Javier Castellano had ridden him previously and hadn't given us any indication that he would want to go farther (than six furlongs), but he relaxed nicely and handled the seven-eighths well."

While the temptation off such a big effort may have been to stretch him out for one of the final Derby preps, Albertrani said he is is content to keep Ready for Rye sprinting.

"We don't want to change anything too dramatically, considering how well he ran," said the trainer. "We have a nice schedule lined up for him, with a possible start in the Woody Stephens after the Bay Shore. After that, maybe we'll try something different with him."

Ready for Rye will be ridden by Luis Saez, who was up for his Swale victory, and the duo will depart from post 3.

A narrow second choice on the morning line at 2-1, West Coast invader Lord Nelson will go out for trainer Bob Baffert. While he's struggled a bit going two turns, the son of Pulpit brings an impressive one-turn resume into the Bay Shore, having beaten Texas Red two starts back in the seven-furlong San Vicente Stakes.

As a 2-year-old, Lord Nelson displayed an affinity for sprint distances, breaking his maiden at five furlongs and winning the six-furlong Speakeasy Stakes, despite a pedigree oriented more to stamina. In fact, Lord Nelson is undefeated around one turn, while he has yet to hit the board in three attempts at two-turn racing. He'll break from the rail with Joel Rosario aboard.

Trainer Mike Hushion will be represented by Final Chapter, a New York-bred son of Thunder Gulch. The chestnut ridgling is coming off back-to-back victories against state-breds, most recently having beaten next-out winner Breakin the Fever by six lengths on February 26 at the Big A. Manuel Franco will take the call on Final Chapter, 12-1 on the morning line, and the pair will leave from post 6.

Rounding out the field are Papa Upa (20-1), 6 1/2-length winner of a starter allowance race in his most recent start; Easy to Say (15-1), who was favored over Florida Derby winner Materiality in his debut before breaking his maiden by 2 3/4 lengths; March (8-1), fifth in the Withers last out; Ackeret (12-1), who took the Jimmy Winkfield in his latest outing; and Majestic Affair (6-1), second in the Jimmy Winkfield.

Edited NYRA release with addtional content by Dick Downey


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