Saturday, January 8, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 8, 2005 . . . The bettors may have questioned Snack’s experience in the mud as the field lined up for the $50,000 Turfway Prevue at Turfway Park Saturday, but neither his trainer nor his jockey had any such doubts. With a stunning closing kick, Snack skimmed over the final furlong to win by 3 1/4 lengths. Off at 9-1, Snack paid $21 for his first win as a three year old.
Trainer Michael Lauer said the race played to Snack’s strength despite a wide trip. “I didn’t expect him to be five wide,” he said, ”but I thought the speed would back up, and if we were good enough we could run them down. He ran a big race. He ran in the mud once before [on a ‘good’ track at Mountaineer] and it didn’t bother him. Really, nothing bothers him. He’s just a neat little horse. He just runs his race every trip.”
The Turfway Prevue is the second stakes win of Snack’s young career. Now three-for-seven with two seconds and two thirds, the colt closed big to win the Indiana Futurity at Hoosier Park in November. He is owned by Penny Lauer.
A steward’s inquiry and a separate jockey’s objection left the remaining order of finish in doubt for several minutes. Eyeforglory battled Mechanic and Call the Lord for the lead, pulled away from both in the stretch, and appeared to have the trophy until Snack roared by and left him in second, 2 1/4 lengths ahead of Mechanic. Eyeforglory was placed fourth, however, after the stewards ruled he impeded Cat Shaker, who broke from the first post, by ducking in sharply toward the gap coming out of the chute. After considering the unrelated jockey’s objection, the stewards placed Mechanic sixth for twice impeding the progress of Call the Lord in the stretch.
The three eventually and officially in the money were Snack, uninvolved in either incident; Truly Native, second; and Cat Shaker, third.
None of the ducking and bumping affected Snack, who broke from the seventh post and was nearly 11 lengths off the lead at the half. “I’ve seen the track play all different ways the last few days,” said winning rider Ramsey Zimmerman. “I knew he finishes in a big way wherever he is and it looked like there was enough speed to where they’d be stopping. I really appreciate [Lauer] letting me ride the horse, and he was much the best.”
The battle for the lead laid down fractions of :22.26, :44.50, and 1:10.41 before Snack took over and stopped the clock at 1:17.53.
The final order of finish was Snack; Eyeforglory (DQ-4th); Mechanic (DQ-6th); Truly Native (placed 2nd); Cat Shaker (placed 3rd); Call the Lord (placed 5th); Stars and Glitter; Major Ascot; Glass Trick; Night Wing; and Take a Shot.
The week’s races continue Sunday at Turfway Park at 1:10 p.m. The track is open for simulcasting Monday and closed Tuesday.