The first running of the $100,000 Tepin Stakes presented by Woodford Reserve is set to run at Churchill Downs on May 23. It will be part of the five-stakes card on “Stephen Foster Preview Day.”
The race will highlight Breeders’ Cup winner Sharing and the undefeated filly Alms.
Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable’s Sharing was the winner of the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (G1). She will make her 3-year-old debut in the event.
Sharing is a Maryland-bred daughter of Speightstown. Her last start was the 1 1/4-length victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at Santa Anita Park. Trained by Graham Motion, Sharing has raced four times in her career.
Her worst performance was a third-place finish in her debut. After the Breeders’ Cup, Sharing took a break before returning to Motion’s Fair Hill training center in March. Since then, she has been working toward her sophomore debut.
Sharing is the first graded stakes winner produced by Shared Account, the upset winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1) at Churchill with odds of 46-1.
Breaking from post 9, Jockey Manny Franco will be aboard the filly. He was her jockey in the Breeders’ Cup.
The Undefeated Alms and Others
The biggest competition for Sharing will likely come from Godolphin’s undefeated filly Alms. Trained by Mike Stidham, she has a perfect 4-for-4 career.
Alms has stakes victories in the $150,000 Matron Stakes (G3), $100,000 Jimmy Durante (G3), and $60,000 Shantel Laneries Memorial Overnight Stakes.
Paco Lopez will have the call from post 14.
Natalma (G1) winner Abscond will also be part of the Tepin field. Abscond’s most recent start was a second-place finish in the Herecomesthebride (G3).
Outburst, who scored the Florida Oaks (G3), will also be running.
Walk in Marrakesh lost both the Natalma and Florida Oaks, both in photo finishes, and will look to come back from a disappointing performance at Gulfstream last time out.
The complete field for the Tepin Stakes from the rail out (jockey and trainer) is: Oxum Power (Joseph Ramos, Paulo Lobo); Abscond (Tyler Gaffalione, Eddie Kenneally); Walk in Marrakesh (IRE) (Jose Ortiz, Ignacio Correas IV); Dominga (Shaun Bridgmohan, Brad Cox); Hendy Woods (Declan Carroll, Mark Casse); In Good Spirits (Miguel Mena, Al Stall Jr.); Outburst (Javier Castellano, Kenneally); Jezebel's Kitten (Florent Geroux, Cox); Sharing (Franco, Motion); Pass the Plate (Julien Leparoux, Paul McGee); Heir of Light (Jose Lezcano, Norm Casse); Moral Reasoning (Joel Rosario, Chad Brown); Queen of God (Joe Talamo, Mike Maker); and Alms (Lopez, Stidham). Eye of War (John Velazquez, Todd Pletcher) is an also-eligible.