Uncle Mo's Gulfport Gallops in Bashford Manor

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Gulfport all by himself | Coady

BASHFORD MANOR S., $173,000, Churchill Downs, 7-4, 2yo, 6f, 1:09.25, ft.
1–GULFPORT, 120, c, 2, by Uncle Mo
1st Dam: Fame and Fortune, by Unbridled's Song
2nd Dam: Stop Traffic, by Cure the Blues
3rd Dam: Save My Soul, by I'ma Hell Raiser
'TDN Rising Star' ($275,000 Ylg '21 FTKJUL). 1ST BLACK-TYPE
WIN. O-L. William & Corinne Heiligbrodt, Jackpot Farm &
Whispering Oaks Farm LLC; B-Diamond Creek Farm (KY);
T-Steven M. Asmussen; J-Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
$107,070. Lifetime Record: 2-2-0-0, $176,530. *1/2 to Favor
(Pioneerof the Nile), GSP, $116,500.
2–Owen's Leap, 120, c, 2, Bolt d'Oro–Defy Gravity, by Bandini.
($175,000 Ylg '21 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Michael
McLoughlin; B-Clearsky Farms (KY); T-Thomas M. Amoss.
$34,700.
3–Andthewinneris, 120, c, 2, Oscar Performance–Run Like the
Boss, by Scat Daddy. ($67,000 RNA Ylg '21 KEESEP). 1ST BLACK
TYPE. O/B-Susan Moulton (KY); T-Wayne M. Catalano.
$17,350.
Margins: 12 1/4, NO, 6 3/4. Odds: 0.20, 7.90, 7.10.
Also Ran: Simply Super, Stayhonor Goodside, Mr. Gordy.

'TDN Rising Star' Gulfport showed Monday that he really is as good as his seven-length debut drubbing June 10, for which earned an 83 Beyer Speed Figure, as he dominated Churchill's Bashford Manor S. as an overwhelming 1-5 chalk.

Bidding to add to Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen's record six wins (now three in the last five years) in this early season juvenile focal point, the bay broke on top from the fence and quickly cleared off. Doling out splits of :21.65 and :45.07 with one pesky pursuer in tow, he opened up rapidly when set down at the top of the lane and ran up the score by over a dozen lgnths. Owen's Leap edged out Andthewinneris for second. Gulfport's final time of 1:09.25 was the second fastest in the Bashford Manor's 121-year history behind only the Asmussen-trained future MGISW Kodiak Kowboy (1:09.15 in 2007). Asmussen also clinched the Churchill spring training title with the victory.

“We're so grateful for all of our owners to have horses like Gulfport. He's been extremely talented from an early stage and has shown us a lot of ability,” Asmussen said. “Today, when he broke from the rail, Brian got him into the perfect position on the lead and he never looked back.”

“I think that was something very special,” Hernandez added. “He really did all of that on his own. I let him break at the rail and he took me right to the front. It was extremely impressive. He's a really nice colt and did everything so easy today.”

A half-sister to this season's GII Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks third Favor, Gulfport is out of a full-sister to brilliant GISW Cross Trafic, while second dam Stop Traffic was a MGISW. Most recently sold to Gainesway Farm for $320,000 this year at Keeneland January, Fame and Fortune has a yearling full-sister to the winner and was bred to Tapit for 2023. Click for the Equibase.com chart or VIDEO, sponsored by TVG.

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