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Saturday, June 22, 2013
Atigun is among the favorites for the $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup (Grade II) today at Colonial Downs.
The 4-year-old son of Istan spent most of his career on dirt, including a third place in the 2012 Belmont Stakes and third in the Breeders Cup Marathon (Grade II) in November.
Trainer Kenny McPeek and Shortleaf Stables (owned by John Ed Anthony) moved Atigun to the grass earlier this year, and the horse responded by winning an allowance race at Churchill Downs and coming in a close second in the 1 1⁄2-mile Louisville Handicap (Grade III) at the same track. Both races were in May.
Julien Leparoux, who rode Atigun in the Belmont, will be in the saddle for McPeek. The combination is 3-1 on the morning line, just behind the favorite, Air Support (5-2), and will start on the rail for the 1 3⁄16-mile test.
Air Support is trained by this year’s Kentucky Derby winning trainer, Shug McGaughey, and owned by Stuart Janney III, who also owns part of the Derby winner Orb. McGaughey and Janney are expected to be in attendance today to leg up jockey Javier Castellano.
Swift Warrior is the third choice at 7-2 in the eight-horse field, with trainer Chad Brown’s Hyper listed at 5-1.
Trainer Graham Motion sends out the 6-1 General Logan under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado.
Post time for the first of 12 races is 5 p.m., with the Turf Cup scheduled to go off about 7:45.
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