Post Positions Determined for Jim Beam Stakes
FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) _ Victory Speech, trained by D. Wayne Lukas, was made the 8-5 morning line favorite after today’s draw for the $600,000 Jim Beam Stakes, to be run Saturday at Turfway Park.
Victory Speech will start from the middle of a 10-horse field that includes an Allen Paulson entry.
Lukas won the Beam Stakes last year with Serena’s Song, owned by Beverly and Robert Lewis. A Lewis-owned horse, Dr. Caton, will run in the Beam but is not part of an entry because the other Lukas horse does not have common ownership.
Victory Speech is owned by Michael Tabor, owner of Thunder Gulch, who won last year’s Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes.
The second choice on the morning line is Roar, at 3-1, trained by Shug McGaughey. The third pick is Dr. Caton, at 4-1.
The field, from the rail out, with jockey and morning-line odds: Ensign Ray, Willie Martinez, 12-1; Best Secret, Shane Sellers, 12-1; Influence Peddler, Omar Klinger, 20-1; Blushing Jim, Robbie Davis, 12-1; Victory Speech, Gary Stevens, 8-5; Roar, Mike Smith, 3-1; Dr. Caton, Jerry Bailey, 4-1; Apak, Brent Bartram, 12-1; Heza Gone West, Pat Day, 12-1, and Connecting Terms, Craig Perret, 10-1.
Apak and Blushing Jim are coupled because of the Paulson connection. Owner of Cigar, Paulson is part owner of Apak and the sole owner of Blushing Jim.
Victory Speech comes into the race after a third-place finish in the Grade II Fountain of Youth race at Gulfstream Park in February. Roar was winner of the Grade III Swale last week, also at Gulfstream.