Thursday, January 6, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 6, 2005 . . . The $50,000 Turfway Prevue is the first of three Turfway Park races leading to the Lane’s End Stakes (GII) in March, and 11 three-year-olds will take the test this Saturday. Run at 6 1/2 furlongs, the Turfway Prevue is followed in early February by the one-mile WEBN Stakes and in early March by the 1 1/6-mile John Battaglia Memorial.
The Turfway Prevue will be Eyeforglory’s third start, all at Turfway. He broke his maiden here in early December and followed with an allowance win two weeks later. He wasn’t first out of the gate in either race—he broke last of six in the allowance race—but both times had the lead by the first call and not only kept it but increased it coming down the stretch. Trainer John Burke breezed him at the Thoroughbred Center earlier this week, and the colt turned in his fifth bullet work in a row, four furlongs in :47.60 on a sloppy track. With Perry Ouzts aboard to give Eyeforglory his patented boot out the Prevue gate, the colt could make it three in a row.
Snack took four tries to break his maiden but has since placed third and first in small-stakes company at Hoosier Park. His in-the-money percentage is a perfect 100, with two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in six starts. Practicing the fine art of closing late, he made up six lengths and won by half a length in the Indiana Futurity in early November. He has not raced since then, however, or published a work since December 13. Ramsey Zimmerman has the mount for trainer Michael Lauer.
Also off since November, Truly Native last posted a sloppy-track win at Churchill Downs in good allowance company. His most recent work, December 19, was fastest of seven on a muddy track at the Churchill Training Center. Truly Native comes from off the pace, a scenario that has held steady at Turfway for a couple of weeks. Bernard Flint trains; Chad Murphy rides.
Night Wing finished third in his first start, running on a good track at Churchill Downs, and followed with a game win in the mud at Turfway a month ago. With rain expected late Friday, Night Wing may find the track to his liking Saturday. Eddie Zuniga rides; Peter Salmen trains.
Making just his second start is Mechanic, who ran like the first-time starter he was and still turned in a neck victory in the mud at Mountaineer last month. Dean Sarvis, who won the Holiday Meet riding title and leads all riders with seven wins in the young Winter/Spring Meet, rides for trainer Eric Reed. Mechanic is the only gelding in the field.
The field in post position order with riders and weights: Cat Shaker (Inocencio Diego, 116); Truly Native (Murphy, 118); Stars and Glitter (Willie Martinez, 116); Eyeforglory (Ouzts, 118); Take a Shot (Bill Troilo, 116); Night Wing (Zuniga, 116); Snack (Zimmerman, 122); Call the Lord (Rodney Prescott, 116); Mechanic (Sarvis, 116); Glass Trick (Dean Butler, 116); and Major Ascot (Juan Enriquez, 116).
First post at Turfway Park Saturday is 1:10 p.m. ET. Admission and parking are free.