A full, competitive field of juveniles is set to vie for a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” berth in Keeneland’s GIII Bourbon S. Sunday. Morning line favorite Tap Daddy (Scat Daddy) enters off an impressive maiden win at Kentucky Downs Sept. 14, looking to follow in the footsteps of Heavenly Love (Malibu Moon), who parlayed a maiden win at the Franklin, KY oval into a success in Friday’s GI Darley Alcibiades S. Tap Daddy is one of seven enrants who made their previous start at Kentucky Downs, including Fasig-Tipton Turf Showcase Juvenile S. runner-up John Tippmann (Tiz Wonderful). The Coolmore partners’ Arakwak (Uncle Mo) was third that day, and has already logged many frequent flyer miles with a trip to Royal Ascot earlier this year.
Jerry Durant’s Budro Talking (Tale of Ekati) brings an undefeated record into the Bourbon, having followed up his debut win at Evangeline Downs with a score in the Sunday Silence S. at Louisiana Downs Sept. 9. He is one of two stakes winners in the field along with Flameaway (Scat Daddy), who captured Saratoga’s off-the-turf Skidmore S. Aug. 18 before recently finishing a non-factor sixth in the GIII Iroquois S. at Churchill Sept. 16. Lothenbach Stable homebred Captivating Moon (Malibu Moon) could make some noise from off the pace, entering off a fast-closing runner-up finish in the Arlington-Washington Futurity Sept. 9. The colt previously annexed his career debut over the turf at Arlington with another strong late rally. Admiralty Pier (English Channel) was third, beaten less than a length, in the Sept. 17 GII Summer S. at Woodbine.