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Senorita Ziggy, Golden Marlin top Wishing Well field

Thursday, January 13, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
Friday’s feature: the Polar Expedition
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 13, 2005 . . . Frontrunners, stalkers, and latecomers alike will be looking for their first win of the year this Saturday in the $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park. Run at six furlongs for fillies and mares four years old and up, the race has attracted 10 starters.

Among the frontrunners is Senorita Ziggy, a seven-year-old Turfway veteran with six wins from 11 starts at the track. Off since January 2004, she got back in the game in October at Beulah Park and then won back-to-back restricted stakes at Hoosier Park. She returned to Turfway in December, finishing second in an allowance sprint. Bill Troilo has the mount for trainer Martin Rouck. Senorita Ziggy carries a race-high 122 pounds.

Golden Marlin’s big late move was just a little too late in the Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway in December. She finished second then, as she has in her last four efforts. An earlier move and/or speed that weakens could be her opportunity in the Wishing Well. She is two-for-six lifetime at Turfway with four seconds and has the most lifetime earnings of the field with $348,367. Leading rider Dean Sarvis will ride for trainer Greg Foley.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has three wins from his seven starters at Turfway in the young Winter/Spring Meet and for this race enters Christmas Time, a five year old bred by George Steinbrenner’s Kinsman Farm. Christmas Time has spent her recent career in California, where she had two stakes wins earlier this year. Perry Ouzts rides Christmas Time in her first appearance at Turfway Park.

Completing the field are Regale (James Lopez), making her first start since September; Jinny’s Gold (Ramsey Zimmerman), shortening up after a year in routes, most on the turf; Nattitude (Billy Patin) and Moonlit Romance (Chris Herrell), both early speed; Parisian Deputy (Rodolfo Ignacio); Casa Nekia (Ender Jimenez); and Honourable Asset (Rafael Mojica, Jr.), moving up off a maiden win at Churchill Downs and an allowance win at Turfway.

Saturday’s 12-race card begins at 1:10 p.m. ET.

The feature on Friday night’s 11-race card is the Polar Expedition, a $35,000 handicap for four year olds and up. Heading that field are two from co-owner/trainer Bernard Flint: Discreet Hero, who won the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes here in December, and eight-year-old Ask the Lord, who won two small Turfway stakes early last year and was fourth in the Prairie Bayou. Carrying 124 pounds, Discreet Hero will give up between 8 and 15 pounds to his rivals on Friday. Also lining up is Saintly Look, who finished third in the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway on New Year’s Day.

Post time Friday night is 5:30 p.m. ET.

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