Saturday, December 4, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 4, 2004 . . . Early speed turned into late speed in the Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Park Saturday, with Revolutionary Act leading the field of 10 fillies and mares from gate to wire. Both the filly and her trainer, Patrick Huffman, gained their first stakes wins with the 1 1/4-length victory.
Private Opinion went with the leader as expected, but instead of spending all her speed in that matchup, Revolutionary Act saved enough for a second run to hold off Golden Marlin, who closed hard and fast but too late. In her first loss at Turfway, Class Above finished third, two lengths behind Golden Marlin. Private Opinion faded to fifth.
Off at 9-1, Revolutionary Act skimmed over the fast track in :21.72 and :44.35 before finishing the six furlongs in 1:09.27.
“She was going pretty fast, but she’s good like that,” said winning rider Billy Patin. “She doesn’t want to fight you too much. If you clamp her down, she won’t finish. She’s one of those free runners when you ask her to go.
“She loves this track. She’s run three times on this track and she won all three times. The other horse [Class Above] came up on her around the turn, so I just kind of let her out a little bit and she rebroke.”
Revolutionary Act, a four-year-old daughter of Boston Harbor, now has four wins and one third from 10 starts. Unraced until this year, she broke her maiden in January at Turfway in her first effort. After an unremarkable summer, she won at Turfway again and at Keeneland before leaping in class to finish last in the Churchill Downs Distaff (GII) last month.
Revolutionary Act paid $20.20 for her return to winning form in the Holiday Inaugural.
The rest of the finishers were, in order, Huntingthetruth, Private Opinion, My Ro, Glitterbdancing, Of Legal Age, Stoic, and Silent Stream. Malo was scratched.
Racing returns to Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. The track is closed Monday and Tuesday.