Saturday, January 7, 2006 12:00 AM
Other Turfway winners step up to graded stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 7, 2006 . . . Final Copy won the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday by duplicating the style he perfected in November at Churchill Downs. Letting the early leaders work on each other, winning jockey Jesus Castanon settled Final Copy into fifth and then made a move in the stretch to win going away. The victory was Final Copy’s third in a row, his first as a three-year-old, and his fourth in seven career tries. He is two-for-two at Turfway.
“In his last race [an allowance sprint at Turfway], the prep for this one, he was head and head for the lead the whole way and had horses laying on him on the outside, and he wants to clock them and get out,” said winning trainer Greg Foley. “I told Jesus there was some speed in the race and it was fine with us if we let one or two go to the front. Then we’d lay off and maybe be third coming around. Two did sprint away, and Jesus did a great job—a couple of horses came outside him and he dropped back to about fifth. That’s the way he ran at Churchill—a big, big race that day. Coming from off the pace, he’s just a better horse that way.”
Tale of the Hawk, Warrior Within, and Skeleton Crew went after the early lead, striding three abreast down the backstretch in the 6 1/2-furlong Turfway Prevue. Warrior Within stayed in to finish 3 1/4 lengths back in second, and Rock’ N Fire came from far back to finish third, another 5 1/4 lengths behind.
Final Copy is owned by Don and Mira Ball’s Donamire Farm. The 6-5 favorite, Final Copy finished the race in 1:19.38 and paid $4.40 for the win. Completing the order of finish were Skeleton Crew, Raedonald, Flaming Glory, Tale of the Hawk, Domestic Oil, Devilofarush, Chief Editor, and Swiper the Fox. Cruzable scratched.
The Turfway Prevue is the first race for three-year-olds on Turfway’s calendar and, with the WEBN Stakes in February and the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes in early March, is a local prep for the Lane’s End Stakes in late March. Foley has led two previous Turfway Prevue winners, Champali in 2003 and Silver Minister in 2004, through those steps to the Lane’s End, but has not yet made plans for Final Copy.
“I don’t know whether he will go a mile, but I’ll talk to the Balls about it and see what we want to do and how he’s doing. The style he ran today, he might,” said Foley.
Turfway winners move up to graded stakes
Two recent Turfway winners have gone on to graded stakes wins since the year began. With Distinction won an allowance race at Turfway on December 11 and then stepped up to win the El Conejo Stakes (G3) at Santa Anita on January 2 in his next start. Brass Hat, who won the Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway on December 17, shipped to the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs to win the New Orleans Handicap (G2) January 7. Brass Hat broke his maiden in the 2004 Rushaway Stakes at Turfway and continued the year with Grade II wins in the Ohio Derby and Indiana Derby before fracturing an ankle in the Lone Star Derby. The Prairie Bayou was his second race back after the injury.
Live racing at Turfway continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m.