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Speed vs. patience in Monday's Gowell Stakes

Friday, December 23, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 23, 2005 . . . Nine of the 12 two-year-old fillies entered for the Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park on Monday won their most recent race, six with front-running efforts. The filly who takes the six-furlong Gowell may well be the one who can put the urge to lead aside.

Among those bringing speed is Exclusive Wildcat, who broke her maiden at Churchill Downs in November in her only career start. Trained by Greg Foley, Exclusive Wildcat went gate to wire to win by six lengths. Her most recent work earned the bullet of 28 just four days before the race. Jesus Castanon has the mount.

High Heritage also won her last race gate to wire, a 15 1/2-length romp at Mountaineer early this month. She has no experience on Turfway’s Polytrack but plenty of experience otherwise; the Gowell will be her ninth start. She has two wins and has missed the money just once. Eddie Martin Jr., neck-and-neck with Castanon for leading rider honors, has the mount on High Heritage for trainer Bernie Flint.

Mighty Martha can press the pace or sit just back of it, as she proved in winning her two career starts, the first a springtime maiden special at Keeneland and the next an allowance at Churchill in the fall. Willie Martinez rides for trainer Eric Reed.

Spotless Mind has won twice in four tries, once on the lead and once closing, and narrowly missed another closing win in the City of Anderson Stakes at Hoosier. She finished first in her next and most recent effort, the Miss Indiana Stakes, by taking an early lead. A good break will bode well for her. Bill Troilo rides for trainer Dale Romans.

Completing the field for the Gowell are Taylor Madison (jockey Dean Sarvis); Champagne N Glory (Lori Wydick); Holiday Charm (Perry Ouzts); Unbridled Tale (Julien Leparoux); Summer Cyclone (Brandon Minnock); Slewpy’s Star (Inosencio Diego); Seen Dancing (Rodney Prescott); and Fiji Island (Mary Doser).

With the track closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the six-furlong Gowell is slated for Monday, December 26, the first of eight straight days of racing at Turfway. First post is 1:10 p.m. through January 2.

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