Friday, January 23, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 23, 2004 . . . The 21st running of the $50,000 Forego Stakes this Saturday at Turfway Park is a chance to get even for four of the nine starters. The four—Dubai Sheikh, Wild Lies, Crowned Dancer, and Gallatin Kid—lost in that order to Founding Chairman, also a Forego starter, in the Holiday Cheer last month.
Unraced at two, Founding Chairman started seven times in 2003 and finished in the money every time, including three wins. Although trainer Wayne Mackey usually has the horse settle about mid-pack, he had jockey Tony D’Amico push Founding Chairman right behind the Holiday Cheer speed, Wild Lies. That versatility may work just as well for the Mackey-D’Amico team again this week.
Founding Chairman carries high weight of 122, a gain of 5 from the Holiday Cheer, and Dubai Sheikh carries 119, a drop of 3. Dubai Sheikh, trained by Dale Romans, adds jockey Rafael Bejarano, far and away the nation’s leading rider by wins.
Crowned Dancer holds the best credentials in the field with a Grade 3 win in the 2002 Hollywood Juvenile and fourth-place finishes behind Peace Rules in the 2003 Bluegrass (G1) and Champali in the Northern Dancer, but it’s been a while since he had the wire all to himself. Eddie Zuniga rides Crowned Dancer.
Winless in six starts in 2003, Mr Bassett started the new year with an impressive allowance win at Turfway three weeks ago. After biding his time in mid-pack, he had plenty left over after his 3 3/4-length victory. Billy Troilo returns for the ride. Mr Bassett moves up in class here for his first stakes attempt.
Also moving up is Twin Talk, in for his third race after a six-month layoff and two seconds in Turfway allowances. Twin Talk, with Mark Johnston up, may join Wild Lies as pacesetters for the Forego. Wild Lies breaks from the outside post in the Forego with jockey Perry Ouzts, currently two wins away from his 4,500th career win.
Jason Lumpkins rides Doc D, who shortens to sprint distance and tries the dirt again after back-to-back turf wins, one the Remington Green Handicap, and a third on the dirt in the Prairie Bayou at Turfway.
Rounding out the field are seven-year-old Holiday Doc with jockey Rodney Prescott and Gallatin Kid, third behind Private Horde in the Forego last year. Jeff Johnston has the mount on Gallatin Kid.
Post time Saturday is 1:10 p.m. EST. General admission and parking are free.