Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . Tuesday, September 14, 2004 . . . Several nominees to the five Kentucky Cup Day races this Saturday at Turfway Park edged closer to definite-starter status today, while others remain on the “maybe” list.
KENTUCKY CUP CLASSIC (GRADE II)
The Cole Norman-trained Pie N Burger is aiming for his first graded stakes victory in the Kentucky Cup Classic. Earlier this year he was second in the Essex Handicap (G3) and third in the Razorback Handicap (G3). He comes to Turfway off a gate-to-wire victory in the Evangeline Downs Handicap.
"I know this race may be a notch or two above the caliber of races my horse is exiting," Norman said from his home base in Louisiana. "But he's been training great and we figured why not take a chance and see what happens."
Pie N Burger is scheduled to leave Louisiana Tuesday and arrive at Turfway Park Wednesday, so Hurricane Ivan should not affect his flight.
Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, top older handicap horse Roses In May will seek to add the Classic to his list of big wins at different tracks. Trainer Dale Romans is hoping to use this race as his final prep before the Breeders' Cup Classic (G1).
"He's been doing real good," Romans said. "He came out of the Whitney with no problems, and he is ready to go. I'm not sure when we will ship although I am leaning towards Thursday right now."
Country Be Gold is in for the Classic despite running in the DTHA Owners Day Handicap at Delaware Park last Saturday. He finished third in that race.
West Point Thoroughbreds' Seattle Fitz (Arg) breezed four furlongs in :49.89 Tuesday on a fast Saratoga training track. The work was the second fastest of the 18 horses who worked at that distance. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin remains undecided about the horse’s start in the Classic.
With a classy second place finish in the Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park in March, there is no denying Tricky Taboo’s love for the surface. There is also no denying how well he is feeling after he bulleted five furlongs in a minute flat at The Thoroughbred Center Tuesday morning. His connections are still undecided about the race.
Sonic West makes his first appearance today on the list of “strong possibilities.” Thomas Van Berg trains.
KENTUCKY CUP SPRINT (GRADE III)
Cuvee is expected to ship to Turfway on Thursday, September 16, said Steve Asmussen.
In a switch from yesterday’s news, Quick Action has moved to the “less likely” category while stablemate Swift Attraction joins the list of probables for D. Wayne Lukas, who trains both.
KENTUCKY CUP JUVENILE (GIII)
Nominees Fusaichi Rock Star, trained by Bob Baffert, and Killenaule, trained by Todd Pletcher, are off the list for the Juvenile, said Turfway stakes coordinator Randy Wehrman.
New to the Juvenile start list is Norainonthisparty, trained by Susan Stidham. Pat Johnson has the call.
Storied Cat will be in for D. Wayne Lukas. His Consolidator remains in the camp of undecideds.
KENTUCKY CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
In action on the Churchill strip Tuesday morning was Buckram Oak Farm's Carmandia, who breezed five furlongs in 1:01.60, the ninth fastest of the 28 who worked at that distance. Trainer Carl Nafzger has said Carmandia will run in the Juvenile Fillies.
New to the Fillies list of probables is Bubble N Squeak, trained by Ken McPeek for William Carl. Carl also owns Im a Dixie Girl, who is nominated under Bernie Flint’s tutelage. Her status vis-a-vis the Juvenile Fillies and the Arlington Lassie remains undecided, as does Flint’s other trainee, Runway Model.
Also new to the probables list is Mary Alex, Steve Hobby’s trainee.
TURFWAY BREEDERS’ CUP (GIII)
La Reason, trained by David Vance for K and K Racing Stable LLC, is set for the Turfway Breeders’ Cup. Pat Day will ride.
Angela’s Love is still on schedule for the Turfway Breeders’ Cup. “She had her final breeze today [Tuesday] and she went great, ” said trainer Dale Romans. “I clocked her in :47.3 and she galloped out strongly as well.” The official time for the four-furlong breeze at Churchill Downs was :48.40, the eighth-fastest of the day.