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Speed dominates Wishing Well

Thursday, January 8, 2004 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 8, 2004 . . . Patience may pay off in the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park this Saturday. With several entries who like the lead early—or like it when they can get it—good things may come to those who wait.

Senorita Ziggy, Silver Sonnet, Kitty Carson, Ballado’s Halo, and Jenny’s Prospector all come right back after outright or nearly wiring their respective races here in the last month. In the case of Jenny’s Prospector, it’s no rest for the speedy; the four-year-old filly will line up Saturday after winning just last Sunday.

Kitty Carson will be looking for her third win in a row at Turfway. She broke her maiden by 8-3/4 lengths here in early December and led start to finish in her next outing two weeks later. She moves up in class for the Wishing Well.

Emily Ring has been known to start with the lead and hold it; that was her strategy for her last win, the American Beauty Stakes at Oaklawn a year ago. The six-year-old has been regularly taking place and show since coming off a six-month layoff in September. Two weeks ago she finished third behind Senorita Ziggy and Ballado’s Halo, both of whom she faces again Saturday.

In that six-furlong match-up, Ballado’s Halo was right on the shoulder of Senorita Ziggy, who ripped the first two splits in :21.93 and :44.82 over a track rated just good.

The lady in waiting may be the versatile Saratoga Humor. A four-year-old filly, she won her last race, the New Year's Eve Stakes at Mountaineer, by waiting until the stretch to join the leaders. She’s proven herself stubborn on the lead when necessary as well, as has her rider, Rafael Bejarano. Bejarano took this mount over Silver Sonnet, who also won her last time out for trainer Dale Romans.

Of Legal Age also has won with either strategy. Her most recent win came at Hawthorne on December 19, when she moved up comfortably from mid-pack to take the lead in the final furlong. She loses the advantage of apprentice weight this time. Jeff Johnston has the mount.

Completing the field for the 20th running of the Wishing Well are six-year-old Growth Stock, who was in the money five times last year but 0 for 9 for wins, and Ponche de Leona, who last won at Hollywood Park in December 2002. Jason Lumpkins, Turfway’s leading rider for 2003, has the mount.

Post time Saturday is 1:10 p.m. EST.

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