Friday, December 9, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 9, 2005 . . . The trend to full fields in the Turfway Park Holiday Meet spilled over into Saturday’s My Charmer Stakes, with 27 entries leading racing secretary Rick Leigh to card two divisions of the race. Each division of the 1 1/16 mile contest for fillies and mares three years old and up will be run for $50,000.
Carded as races 10 and 11 on the 12-race day, the My Charmer also follows another trend evident since the track’s Polytrack surface debuted in September: the entry of horses who have been running on turf. Eleven of the entries have significant grass experience.
One of those turf runners is Dowry, the likely pacesetter in the first division. Trained by Patrick Byrne, she is four-for-seven lifetime on grass and has won her last three races, including a good allowance match-up at Churchill Downs last month. Rodney Prescott has the mount. Joining Dowry at the front early could be Miss Wellspring, who won the Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf in September, and Winning Season, who drops back from a fourth-place finish in the Grade II Mrs. Revere at Churchill Downs last month.
Waiting for the frontrunners to tire could be Eyes on Eddy, who gets the benefit of leading rider Jesus Castanon. Trained by Paul McGee, she finished second in the Grade II Indiana Breeders’ Cup two races back. In her last start she faced tougher competition in the Grade II Raven Run, finishing ninth, but she has two bullet works over Polytrack in the last month, one last week. Her off-the-pace style has played well at Turfway this meet.
The field in post position order: Kristy Beethoven (jockey Rafael Mojica Jr.); Eyes on Eddy; Dowry; Hold a Moonbeam (Hector Rosario Jr.); Beat the Band (Willie Martinez); Strike Me Lucky (Bill Troilo); Malaysia (Inosencio Diego); Regale (Richard Bracho); Miss Wellspring (Dean Sarvis); Disturbing (Phil Teator); Winning Season (Eddie Martin Jr.); Arabian Spell (Jeff Johnston).
In the second division, Goodsprings brings the advantages of a win over Polytrack last fall and an allowance win on the turf at Churchill Downs last month. She can lead or wait, a strategy decision for Willie Martinez, who was aboard for the Turfway win. She has been working over Polytrack at the Keeneland training track.
Precocious Kat has a third and back-to-back wins, all at Hawthorne and all on dirt, since being claimed in September by Chris Block. Plumlake Lady tried Grade II company unsuccessfully in November but is back among her peers here and has two wins in her previous three starts at Mountaineer, including the Autumn Leaves Stakes at this distance.
The field in post position order: Stavinsky’s Gal (jockey Phil Teator); Miss Elsie (Jeff Johnston); Gamble to Victory (Eddie Martin Jr.); Lenatareese (Rafael Mojica Jr.); Modena Bay (Julien Leparoux); Tappin for Gold (Bill Troilo); Precocious Kat (Rodney Prescott); Goodsprings; Plumlake Lady (Eddie Zuniga); Moon Berry (Jesus Castanon); Sunny Disposition (Lori Wydick); Slew’s Sparkle (Fabio Arguello Jr.)
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m.