Today Defending champion Lou's Bucks is back in the lineup for the third running of the Basil Hall Stakes. But unlike last year, when he was sent postward as the favorite, the 6-year-old son of Northern Wolf will be a bargain in the betting.
The 5-furlong turf dash, worth $50,000-added, lured a field of eight.
Likely favorite for this year's renewal is Buying Rain, a F.Eugene Dixon-colorbearer that finished second in the Charlie Eckman Mile in his first start of the season. The John R.S. Fisher-trained gelding finished second in this event last year.
Last year's show finisher, Polish Vision, is also in the lineup.
Just Call Me Carl, winner of the Ben Cohen Stakes earlier in the meeting, will be testing the turf course for the first time.
Rounding out the field are Rudirudy, Tyaskin, Twilight Prince and Smart Sunny.
A pair of Christopher Clement-trained fillies could be the first and second choices as nine fillies and mares line up for the eighth running of the April Run Stakes.
The April Run, worth $50,000-added, will be contested at 1 1/2 miles over the turf.
Skymarc Farms' Orange Sunset won her first start of the year at Gulfstream Park in February, then didn't see action until April, when she beat fillies at today's distance at Keeneland.
Star Brightly, owned by Cobra Farms Inc., also will be saddled by Clement. The daughter of Trempolino finished second against allowance runners in Kentucky going 12 furlongs.
Although the April Run failed to lure its defending champ, it was successful in drawing the runner-up. Caveat's Shot, a near miss last year at 36-to-1, could be a similar price tomorrow. -