Saturday, March 27, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 27, 2004 . . . Angela’s Love loved her first encounter with the Turfway Park track Saturday, gliding home under jockey Mark Guidry to win the 32nd running of the $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes.
Out first and easily into the lead, the four-year-old filly wired the 1 1/16-mile course in a near-record 1:40.85. Jason Lumpkins kept Secondary School just behind the leader through :46.98 for the half and 1:10.61 for six furlongs, but couldn’t match Angela’s Love’s finishing drive and remained second, 8 1/4 lengths back. Jaramar Rain, ridden by Craig Perret, was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third.
“She broke real good, made the lead real nice, real easy,” said Guidry. “I know the fractions were pretty fast but she was doing it real handily, real easily. I called on her a little bit turning for home, got her to switch leads, and she just went on. The rest was just easy, just effortless. Very nice, riding those kind.”
Asked about his plans for Angela’s Love, trainer Dale Romans said, “I just asked Mark about her, and he thinks she can step up, so we’ll probably look for something Derby week for her at Churchill.”
Owned by Bill and Vicki Poston and bred in Maryland, Angela’s Love is now five for eight lifetime with no place or show finishes. Her most recent win was another wire-to-wire effort at Gulfstream last month. She paid $5.60, $3.40, and $3.20 as the 9-5 favorite in the Fairway Fun.
The win gave Guidry back-to-back victories in his only two mounts on the day. He was aboard Dallas Stewart trainee Apple Krisp in another gate-to-wire effort in the ninth race, an allowance contest.
Completing the field of seven in order were second choice Small Promises (Rafael Bejarano), who stumbled out of the gate; Strike Rate (Tony D’Amico), also trained by Romans and highweight at 121 pounds; Mariaworth (Billy Troilo); and Poison Oak Camp (James Sunseri).
The Fairway Fun was the last stakes race of the Turfway Park Winter/Spring Meet, which closes Thursday, April 1. Racing continues Sunday with first post at 1:10 p.m. EST.