With the uber-boutique Kentucky Downs meet winding down, we took a look at Wednesday’s featured Franklin Simpson for 3YOs going 6-1/2 furlongs and Turned Aside (3-1) immediately caught the eye. Didn’t I see him win in Saratoga?
I did; he the Quick Call at 5-1/2 F on July 24. He’s interesting because Linda Rice had him entered back in a Saratoga sprint stakes, scratched him, and entered him back in this spot.
Is the added furlong a question mark? Sure. But wouldn’t you want to answer that question for the lion’s share of $500,000? Many variables combine which permit purses like these but, colloquially, that’s like “stupid money,” right?
Well, American Pharoah from a War Front mare will get you this far, at least. The question, as with all first-time Kentucky Downers, is how he will handle the quirky layout. Jose Ortiz, who knows his way around this course, will help him here.
With Kimari (5-2), who finished third Tuesday, an expected scratch, Wesley Ward will bank on Maven (5-1) to represent, and he’s no second stringer having won a European Group 3. Jose’s brother Irad has the mount. Maven had an excuse last out at the Spa finale and won his prior at Keeneland in hand.
We’ll take Maven straight at 3-1 or greater, an exacta box with Turned Aside, and use both as keys in super-exotics with Flap Jack (20-1), Old Chestnut (20-1), Embolden (10-1) and (AE) Competitive Saint (8-1)