Racing & Wagering

Barn Notes: Friday, August 31, 2018

| Churchill Downs Communications | 08/31/2018 #
  • Best You Ever Seen (Coady Photography)

  • Davis ‘Confident as Ever’ in Best You Ever Seen
  • Prado’s Sweet Ride Headed to Kentucky Downs


Trainer Chris Davis has enjoyed somewhat of a breakthrough year in 2018, with a highly successful summer meet at Arlington International Racecourse and his first stakes win at the historic Saratoga Race Course earlier this month. On Saturday, Davis will seek more greatness when he ships Arlington-maiden winner Best You Ever Seen to Kentucky Downs for the $400,000 Kentucky Downs Juvenile Stakes.

Owned by Town and Country Racing in partnership with George Sauffley, the 2-year-old son of Take Charge Indy broke his maiden on August 4 by 3½ lengths going one-mile over the local turf with Sophie Doyle in the irons.

“Sophie says she could’ve won by farther,” Davis said. “He’s a nice little horse and I’ve got all the confidence in the world in him. The turf at Arlington is more traditional and a little deeper than places like Ellis or Gulfstream where some of the other horses in the race have run over. Arlington’s turf is deeper and we’ve had some rain this summer. It sets up well for Kentucky Downs. We love the post position (eight).”

Best You Ever Seen’s maiden victory took place on his fourth attempt and was his second start on grass. One effort prior, he was second beaten three-quarters of a length behind Castlewood Terrace, who went on to finish third in the Prairie Meadows Juvenile Stakes at its namesake track. The race was also the colt’s second start for Davis; he was previously conditioned by James Chapman.

The lucrative purse of the Kentucky Downs Juvenile was sure to attract a big field, which it did. Nevertheless, Davis couldn’t be any more confident. A victory in the Juvenile would give Davis his second career stakes win after Moonlit Garden the Summer Colony Stakes on August 19.

“Going into the race we couldn’t ask for anything more,” Davis said. “I’m as confident as I was going into the Summer Colony. He had two breezes since his maiden win – they were both maintenance breezes. He should’ve won first time going two turns but he had an awful start and still showed a lot of class to pass horses down the lane. When we ran back no question we had confidence then too.

“Our horse has the seasoned ability to relax and face that grueling stretch,” Davis said. “I’m confident as ever. You just never know what the horses are going to do when they get down there. It’s very horse-for-course there. It’s different and it’s a real equalizer.”

Best You Ever Seen was purchased for $7,000 from the Keeneland September Yearling Sale of 2017 and was consigned by Bluegrass Thoroughbred Ventures. He was bred in Kentucky by Emerald Q Partners, Richard Reed, Tiffany Zammit and WinStar Farm.


Darrell and Sadie Brommer’s graded stakes winner Prado’s Sweet Ride was originally pointing towards the Grade I Beverly D., but her connections decided to opt for a softer spot in the $250,000 One Dreamer Stakes at Kentucky Downs on Saturday, September 1.

The 6-year-old homebred daughter of Fort Prado was a late-closing second behind Daddys Lil Darling in the Grade III Modesty Handicap on July 7 last time out, where she settled well off the pace, was three-wide at the top of the stretch but could not catch the winner and finished 2¼-lengths behind.

“We freshened her up to get her going for this after the Modesty,” Block said. “She’s coming into it how I’d like for her to come into it. If she likes the course and likes how the track is set up I think she’ll run well. She’s a nice mare and those horses adapt to whatever. (The long stretch) should help and (jockey) Julien (Leparoux) knows the course real. He’s ridden her before so I think that helps as well.”

The One Dreamer Stakes will be the 28th career start for Prado’s Sweet Ride. In said amount of efforts, she has found the winner’s circle seven times including a win in the Grade III Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs during her sophomore campaign. She has acquired $441,924 in lifetime earnings.