Thursday, February 2, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 2, 2006 . . . The party’s in the Terrace Room but the real action Saturday at Turfway Park is on the track in the $50,000 WEBN Stakes. Nine three-year-olds will line up for the race, a one-mile event that is the second prep for the Lane’s End Stakes in March.
Jesus Castanon comes in to ride Final Copy, a Greg Foley trainee going for his fourth consecutive win. In his last race Final Copy won the Turfway Prevue, the January sprint that is the first prep for the Lane’s End. His ability to sit off the pace may serve him well as he attempts two turns for the first time.
Trainer Paul McGee enters Temporary Saint, who brings the advantage of back-to-back wins going two turns, both times at Turfway. The WEBN will be his first stakes attempt. With regular rider Bill Troilo awaiting further knee surgery, Rafael Mojica Jr. will ride.
Readily also has two straight wins at Turfway, the first his wire-to-wire maiden claiming win and the second a nicely rated allowance effort. He steps up again in the WEBN. Also from the barn of Greg Foley, Readily gets the benefit of the hot apprentice rider Julien Leparoux, who twice has won five races in one day at Turfway and is currently first by wins among all jockeys riding in North America.
Malameeze long-jumped from a maiden special weight win at Turfway to the Grade III Risen Star Stakes three weeks ago, landing 13 lengths off the winner in fourth place. Trainer Bobby Barnett brings him back a step in the WEBN, with Jason Lumpkins to ride.
Also lining up for the WEBN Stakes are Warrior Within (jockey Dean Sarvis), second in the Turfway Prevue; Templar’s Cup (Richard Bracho), who adds blinkers; Domestic Oil (Julio Felix); I’m Waiting for U (Rodney Prescott); and Discoverer (Hector Rosario Jr.), who won his first race at River Downs last August but hasn’t raced since.
Formerly the President’s Stakes, the race was renamed in 2002 when Cincinnati rock and roll radio station WEBN took on sponsorship. Also on raceday, the station sponsors a notably rowdy, ticket-only party on Turfway’s third floor. The party runs from noon to 6:00 p.m. and includes food from Nicky’s World Famous Pizzeria and Mike & Jimmy’s Chophouse Grill. Thirsty partygoers can purchase a mug for $5 and refill it for $1 with Bud and Bud Light. O’Doul’s is available free for designated drivers. Between races patrons can play games and contests and enjoy live music from Dangerous Jim and the Slims. Tickets for the WEBN party are free but available only on-air from WEBN or as prizes during Friday-night games on the third floor at Turfway.
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