Thursday, January 15, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2004 . . . Stakes winners Down by the Sea and Leading Lioness meet up with eight rivals who’d like to earn that designation for themselves this Saturday, January 17, in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park. The race for three-year-old fillies covers six and one-half furlongs.
Trainer Joe Davis stables Down by the Sea on the Turfway backside but the Cincinnati Trophy will be her first competition here. She enters off three straight victories, all of them at Hoosier Park, the last two stakes wins in the Miss Indiana and the Indiana Stallion series. She has four wins in six starts and has never finished out of the money. Billy Troilo, aboard for all her wins in addition to her second in the Pepsi Bassinet, has the mount again. Down by the Sea has shown a decided preference for the front, making the lead early and keeping it in each of her wins.
Taking the opposite tack is Leading Lioness, who returns to the scene of her last start and first stakes win, the Gowell Stakes at Turfway on December 20. Sent off at 25-1, she closed in deep stretch to win by 1-1/2 lengths over the aptly named Ready and Tough, the 3-5 favorite. Mark Johnston had the mount then and returns to ride. Trainer Robert Pincins ships her in from Trackside in Louisville.
Down by the Sea and Leading Lioness are co-highweights at 122 pounds, spotting the rest of the field four to six pounds each.
New on the scene is Plumlake Lady, unraced as a two year old and a winner in her only start, a maiden special weight on January 3 in the mud at Turfway. Checked at the half-mile pole, she kept at it to take the lead in deep stretch and won by half a length. Trainer Martin Rouck moves her immediately up in class here, and Rafael Bejarano, the juggernaut of the Holiday Meet and now the Winter/Spring Meet, takes the mount.
Also lining up are trainer Bernie Flint’s Stoneway, two-for-four as a two-year-old including an allowance race at Turfway last month; Slewpy’s Storm, sixth in the Gowell; Request Denied, who broke her maiden in December at Turfway in a mile race for $50,000 claimers; R B Women, with jockey Orlando Mojica back after breaking his wrist in a spill last month; Beau Watch; looking for her third win in a row; Lovin the Sunshine, one-for 12 lifetime; and Military Mission.
Post time Saturday is 1:10 p.m. EST. Live racing continues Wednesday through Sunday through April 1. Post time weekdays is 5:30 p.m. The track is open for simulcasting on Mondays through January and dark on Tuesday.