Tuesday, December 30, 2003 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 31, 2003 . . . Jockey Jason Lumpkins closed out 2003 with a flourish, winning five races from nine mounts this afternoon at Turfway Park. Three of his wins came in tandem with trainer Greg Foley.
Lumpkins’ first win on the day and the first for Foley came aboard Religious in the second race, a five-furlong $5,000 claiming event. The filly had the lead by the first quarter and steadily increased her margin to win by 8-1/4 lengths. The even-money favorite, she paid $4.20 to win.
Lumpkins won the third race riding Chantilly Philly, a mount he picked up from scheduled rider Daniel Coa, who was out of town. Another favorite at 3-5, the four-year-old filly broke her maiden in the race for $15,000 maiden claimers. She paid $3.20 to win for her work over the mile course.
Jinny’s Gold, trained by Dale Romans, was Lumpkins’ winning mount in the mile-long sixth race. The filly broke her maiden on her last day as a two-year-old, leading most of the way and minding her rider to keep the win by half a length. The maiden special weight carried a $23,900 purse. Jinny’s Gold, off at 1-5, returned $2.40.
The second and third wins for the Foley/Lumpkins team came back-to-back in races 9 and 10. Cozy One wired the ninth and feature race, a $25,400 allowance race over six furlongs, leaving her nearest rival 7-1/4 lengths back. As the 1-2 favorite, she paid $3.00 for the win. In the mile-long 10th race, Sonny’s Legacy put his head in front before the half and won by 1-1/2 after strong handling to maintain his lead down the stretch. He was sent off at 9-5 among the $7,500 claimers and paid $5.60 for the win.
Lumpkins finished the Holiday Meet today with 27 wins, 19 seconds, and 17 thirds from 126 mounts [corrected 1/1/04]. Those numbers put him second behind Rafael Bejarano, who set a new Holiday Meet record with 46 wins from 137 starts despite missing the last six days to spend the holidays in his native Peru.
Lumpkins' wins for Romans and Foley lifted both trainers into a three-way tie with Bernie Flint for leading trainer. Each had 10 wins on the 22-day meet [corrected 1/1/04].
Racing at Turfway continues New Year’s Day with the start of the 2004 Winter/Spring Meet. Post time for the holiday is 1:10 p.m. EST. The track’s regular schedule resumes Friday, January 2, with the usual 5:30 p.m. weekday post time. Post time on the weekends is 1:10 p.m. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, post time is noon.