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Walsh Seeks to Extend Stakes Success


Bantu Gives Trainer A Shot in Juvenile

Brendan Walsh is having a very good year.

His 43 victories so far in 2017 are two shy of his annual career-best. He's come a long way since starting with a second-place finish with his first and only starter in 2011.

This year alone, Walsh has won three stakes at Fair Grounds with Honorable Duty, two graded stakes at Saratoga with Proctor’s Ledge, and the Illinois Derby with Multiplier. The latter victotry led to his first appearances in Triple Crown races as Multiplier ran in both the Preakness and Belmont Stakes, albeit finishing sixth and 10th.

Which brings us to Kentucky Downs. Walsh has the one of the favorites in the Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile, reset from Saturday to Wednesday, in Bantu. In his second start, Bantu impressively won a mile grass maiden race at Ellis Park, earning a solid 82 Bris speed figure.

“He looks like a nice prospect,” Walsh said at Churchill Downs. “I’m looking forward to it. He got a good draw (post 3). I don’t know if he’d want the turf too soft, but would he handle the track? Absolutely. He’s a nice horse. You never know how good they are until you put them in these kind of races. There are a couple of nice horses who have done good things so far, and then there’s a bunch of horses who have just broken their maiden. We’ll have to see. But I do like him a lot.”

Edited Kentucky Downs release with additional content by Dick Downey

Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile
Purse: $350,000 (includes $200,000 KTDF). Division: 2-year-olds. Distance: 7 furlongs on turf. Post time: 5:55 p.m. Central (Race 9)
pp horse (weight) jockey/trainer odds
1 Tigerbeach (120) Valdivia/Rivelli 10-1
2 Little Jimmy B (120) Lynch/Abbott 20-1
3 Bantu (120) Rocco/Walsh 5-1
4 Arawak (120) Jimenez/Ward 9-2
5 Mr Ashley (120) Figueroa/Macias 30-1
6 Make Noise (120) Court/Van Berg 15-1
7 Northern Trail (120) Hill/Van Berg 4-1
8 John Tippmann (120) Albarado/McPeek 15-1
9 Snapper Sinclair (120) Santana/Asmussen 7-2
10 Stolen Pistol (120) Landeros/Sharp 15-1
11 Sky Promise (120) Gilligan/McPeek 8-1
12 Renaisance Frolic (120) Gaffalione/Fawkes 15-1
13 (AE) Smart Remark (120) Cruz/V. Oliver 12-1
14 (AE) Pont Du Gard (120) Graham/Correas 10-1
15 (AE) Captivating Moon (120) Leparoux/Block 8-1
16 (AE) Hill (120) Gorder 20-1
Blinkers offs: Arawak


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