Coming out of his maiden race with a win, Call Me Andy has shown a lot of potential for his shared owners’ investments. Now, he’s entered to race again in one of the most anticipated stakes debuts for our first time Reef Racers this Sunday, July 2nd at Ellis Park in Race 6 in the Bashford Manor Stakes going 6 furlongs.
Ocean Reef Racing owns this horse in partnership with Andrew Farm, Mountmellick Farm, Whitehouse Farm, and Brendan Walsh, the trainer. The race has drawn a field of 7 for the 6 furlongs on the main track where we have Tyler Gafflione up in the irons. This race has typically been a launching pad for early Kentucky Derby contenders. If we run well, we will likely ship Call Me Andy to Saratoga for the summer meet as well.
BASHFORD MANOR STAKES History:
The Bashford Manor Stakes is a six-furlong sprint for two-year-old thoroughbred horses run each year toward the end of the Spring meet at Churchill Downs (Ellis this year due to track closure) It is a Listed race on the dirt and currently offers a purse of $100,000. It was named in honor of the Bashford Manor Stable owned by George J. Long and which produced several Kentucky Derby contestants plus three Derby winners: Azra (1892), Manuel (1899) and Sir Huon (1906).
1902 served as the first running of the Bashford Manor Stakes won by Von Rouse. In 1911, Worth won the Bashford Manor, and the following year won the Kentucky Derby. In 1923 it was won by Black Gold, the winner of the 1924 Kentucky Derby. Other Kentucky Derby winners who ran in the Bashford Manor include Donau, who was third in 1909, Old Rosebud who was second in 1913, Clyde Van Dusen who was unplaced in 1928, and more recently, Grindstone, who finished fourth in 1995. All of them won the Kentucky Derby the following year.