Saturday, October 2, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . October 2, 2004 . . . Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer knew something the bettors missed; Cappuchino likes Kentucky. Belying his 31-1 odds, the five-year-old broke first, finished first, and was never seriously threatened in his successful bid to win the $100,000 Turfway Park Fall Championship (G3) Saturday. Cappuchino set quick fractions of :22.87, :46.38, and 1:11.18 on his way to a four-length victory and payouts of $65.80, $25.20, and $8.40. Winning time for the mile was 1:37.19.
“Perfect,” said winning rider Dean Sarvis. “A perfect ride. I had plenty of horse left.”
Cappuchino had yet to win in five starts this year, all in California, including his most recent effort, a fourth-place finish two months ago in the Alamedan Handicap at Pleasanton. But the horse has been stabled at Turfway since Hollendorfer brought him along when he brought Adreamisborn to the Kentucky Cup Classic last month, and he has trained well over the track.
George Todaro, co-owner with Howard Litt and Hollendorfer, said, “The California tracks are very different, rock hard, and it favors a different kind of speed. I think he likes it better [here]. If he gets an easy lead, he’s gone. I thought the jockey did a good job—kept him out three or four from the rail. It’s tougher to pass from the outside. It was a well-ridden race. All along our thought was to bring him back this year at least to the same two races he did well in last year.” Cappuchino finished third in the Turfway Park Fall Championship last year and then won the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs.
Crafty Shaw, who won this race in 2002 and 2003, was highweight at 122 and gave up seven pounds to Cappuchino, who carried 115, least in the field. Crafty Shaw caught Added Edge near the wire to take second by a neck. Added Edge ran with Cappuchino early and then held on for third by a length. Alumni Hall, first choice at 2-1, finished an unexpected sixth of seven.
Said Christy Wiebe, assistant to Hollendorfer, “Jerry and the owners know the horse really, really likes this racetrack and he likes Kentucky. Nothing was going on back there [behind the leader down the stretch].”
The complete order of finish, with riders: Cappuchino (Dean Sarvis); Crafty Shaw (Craig Perret); Added Edge (Mark Guidry); Ask the Lord (Rafael Bejarano); Eagle Time (Paul Melancon); Alumni Hall (Willie Martinez); and Spanish Empire (Shane Sellers). Ministers Wild Cat and Intelligent Male scratched before post time.
The win was the second of three on the day for Sarvis, who also won the second with Fall in Place and the 10th with Z Z’s Fantasy.
The Turfway Park fall meet continues Sunday at 1:10 p.m. The track is closed for live racing Monday and Tuesday and then finishes the meet’s last two days Wednesday and Thursday. The track remains open for simulcasting year ‘round.