Saturday, September 11, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 11, 2004 . . . Put Me In didn’t get the stalking trip she prefers but she didn’t need it to win the six-furlong $75,000 Weekend Delight at Turfway Park Saturday. One of four tight together down the backstretch, she took the lead at first call and held it easily through the wire. Mark Guidry was the winning rider for trainer Merrill Scherer.
Commenting on the race’s quick splits—:21.81 and :44.90 before a final 1:10.46—winning owner Robert Heleringer said, “She goes six in 1:09 all the time. She set the track record for five furlongs at Churchill—56 and change [:56.61, June 10, 2004]. There wasn’t a lot of speed in the race today, so he [Guidry] pretty much had to go for it. Normally she lays second or third.”
Golden Marlin, trained by Greg Foley and ridden by Rafael Bejarano, bided her time behind the phalanx of leaders before making a good move in the stretch, but she couldn’t catch the leader and finished 1 3/4 lengths back in second. There Runs Hattie closed from sixth in the stretch to finish third, another 3 1/4 back, for jockey Larry Melancon and trainer William Huffman. Off at 3-5, the winner returned $3.40, $2.20, and $2.10.
Of his ride on Put Me In, Guidry said, “I was on her when she broke her maiden, but I haven’t been on her since. I’m glad Merrill put me on her because I knew how good she was and how good she could be.”
Guidry is in for the Turfway Park Fall Meet from his home in Louisville and plans to ride a couple of races on each card. He’ll move on to Keeneland and Churchill as those tracks open in succession this fall and then spend the winter at Gulfstream.
A four-year-old multiple stakes winner, Put Me In has not yet posted her first graded stakes win, but Heleringer said that attempt is on the schedule. “We’re shooting for a graded race with her, the Thoroughbred Club of America [GIII] at Keeneland. After that she’ll go to the breeding shed.”
The remainder of the field, in order, included Moonlit Romance (Chris Herrell), Feather Maraine (Dean Sarvis), Literary Light (John McKee), That’s Our Tricky (Calvin Borel), and Star of Atticus (Willie Martinez).
Live racing continues at Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. There is no live racing Monday but the track will be open for simulcasting that day. The track is closed Tuesday.