Wednesday, September 15, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . Wednesday, September 15, 2004 . . . With less than 24 hours until the post position draw luncheon at Turfway Park, trainers, owners, and jockeys are all shopping to find the best spots.
KENTUCKY CUP CLASSIC (GRADE II)
Alumni Hall is slated to run next in an allowance race and is unlikely for the Classic, according to trainer Neil Howard. The five-year-old handily completed five furlongs at Belmont Park on Wednesday, completing the move in 1:00.67, fourth fastest of 17.
Trainer Ed Frederick did not always have the Kentucky Cup Classic circled on his calendar for Oak Haven Farm's Tricky Taboo, but sometimes things happen in mysterious ways. The three-year-old colt was scheduled to run Labor Day weekend at Ellis Park, but was scratched after a mishap in the gate when another horse flipped and will need to prove himself in the gate.
"Tricky Taboo had some problems in the gate before the Arkansas [Derby], and then the scratch on Labor Day weekend happened, but we've been showing him the gate every day since then, and he has been no problem," Frederick said from his base at the Thoroughbred Center near Lexington. If the gate crew sees the horse in time, Frederick said John Byrne would have the call.
Previously on the work tab, Stratostar worked four furlongs in :47.80 for trainer D. Wayne Lukas at Churchill Downs on Sunday.
Other horses probable for the Classic and their jockeys, if known: Adreamisborn (Russell Baze); Country Be Gold, Pie N Burger (Jamie Theriot), Roses In May (John Velazquez), Sonic West, Stratostar.
KENTUCKY CUP SPRINT (GRADE III)
Although Intrinsic Worth was formerly a go for the Kentucky Cup Sprint, trainer Michael Stidham has instead elected to send him in easier company in an allowance race on Wednesday.
Previously on the “possible” list, Marley’s Revenge is now on the shelf, said trainer Dale Bennett.
Other horses probable for the Sprint and their jockeys, if known: Cuvee (Shane Sellers), Freaky Fast, Heckle (John Velazquez), Level Playingfield (John McKee), Quick Action, Silver Minister (Rafael Bejarano), Swift Attraction.
KENTUCKY CUP JUVENILE (GIII)
Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Bogart's Cat easily breezed five furlongs in 1:02.80 Saturday at Churchill Downs for trainer Ronny Werner. He remains possible for the Kentucky Cup Juvenile.
Trained by Garry Simms, Magna Graduate also breezed five furlongs Saturday at Churchill, completing his work in a bullet time of 1:00.20, the fastest of 19.
Storied Cat breezed four furlongs in an eye-opening :46.60 on Sunday, the fastest of 40 horses at that distance. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas also received good news Wednesday when Doc Danner, jockey agent for Pat Day, confirmed that Day would be taking the mount.
Other probable Juvenile starters and their jockeys, if known: Bogart’s Cat, Consolidator, Greater Good (John McKee), Magna Graduate, Monster Chaser, Norainonthisparty (Pat Johnson), Oro Bravo, Storm Surge, Three Hour Nap, United.
KENTUCKY CUP JUVENILE FILLIES
Trainer Michael Stidham said Wednesday that he is "sitting on the fence" with Culinary between the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies and the Lassie on Sunday. "I'm waiting to see how each race sets up before making a decision,” he said.
Trainer Vicky Foley said Wednesday that Jules Best is almost a definite starter for the Juvenile Fillies on Saturday and would ship up from her Churchill Downs base the morning of the race. The two-year-old filly had her final tune-up for this spot on September 12, easily completing her five-furlong move in 1:03.60.
“I would say that it was a good work, and I caught her (galloping) out in 1:16," Foley said, adding that jockey Rafael Bejarano would have the call.
Contrary to earlier reports, Mary Alex is headed for Chicago. "Unless the fields come up completely lopsided, we'll run in the Lassie on Sunday," trainer Steve Hobby said from his stables at Arlington Park.
Other fillies probable for the race and their riders, if known: Carmandia (Robby Albarado), Culinary, I'm a Dixie Girl, Jules Best (Rafael Bejarano), Punch Appeal (Shane Sellers), Victorious Halo (Dean Sarvis), Wild As Elle, Winning Season (Pat Day).
TURFWAY BREEDERS’ CUP (GIII)
In another late addition to the card, trainer Bill Mott has expressed interest in running Lyon Stables' Miss Fortunate in the Turfway Breeders' Cup.
Oak Haven Farms' Slewpy's Storm is a strong candidate to make her next start in the Turfway Breeders' Cup. After running a lights-out race less than two weeks ago, trainer Ed Frederick worked his filly Tuesday at the Thoroughbred Center.
"It was just a maintenance work but she worked in hand, and was wanting to go on at the end of her breeze," Frederick commented. "We'll obviously wait and see how the field shapes up, but I think we'll probably be a go." John Byrne will ride the three-year-old filly.
Earlier this year Susan's Angel was a maiden when running second in the Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park. She has since broken her maiden nicely and has been constantly improving. Saturday she breezed four furlongs in :48.60, the ninth fastest of the 38 who worked. Rafael Bejarano has the call.
Trainer Dallas Stewart breezed Overbrook Farm's Family Business four furlongs in :49.00 Sunday at Churchill Downs, possibly in preparation for a start in Saturday's race.
Other horses probable for the Turfway Breeders’ Cup and riders, if known: Class Above, Flyaway Angel (John McKee), Hippogator (Russell Baze), La Reason (Pat Day), Mayo on the Side (Robby Albarado), Our Josephina, Small Promises.