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Speed outnumbers patience in Forego Stakes

Thursday, January 27, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 27, 2005 . . . All good things may come to those who wait in the 22nd running of the $50,000 Forego Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Several of the entries scheduled to run the 6 1/2-furlong race show a liking for the early lead.

Among the key frontrunners are Danieltown and Deer Lake. Stakes winner Danieltown makes his first start of 2005 in the Forego after 12 in-the-money finishes from 16 starts last year, including seven wins. When he wins, he breaks to the lead and stays there, often prevailing by multiple lengths. Bernard Flint trains; Chad Murphy will ride.

Deer Lake knows how to rate, but in his last start, Turfway’s Holiday Cheer Stakes, trainer Richard Kohnhorst let him do as he pleased and he took an early lead all the way to the wire. Dean Sarvis was aboard for that win and has the mount again.

The leader of the field by class and earnings is Private Horde, who counts $832,287 lifetime but no wins since the Marfa Stakes at Turfway last September. He can speed with the best of them but has been coming off the pace and came within half a length of catching Deer Lake in the Holiday Cheer. Rodney Prescott again rides Private Horde for trainer Joe Cain.

Others who might try the lead are Paging, another Flint entry, and Kenta Kun, a newcomer trained by Greg Foley. The latter is three-for-five and has never been out of the money, but this will be his first stakes race. Paging won his last two starts, both at a mile; his record in sprints over the last year is mixed. Rafael Mojica Jr. will ride Kenta Kun. James Lopez has the call on Paging.

Rounding out the field are turf specialist Sgt. Bert, fourth in the Holiday Cheer, and One Bad Dude, who won or placed six times in eight tries last year, mostly in mid-level allowance races. Perry Ouzts rides One Bad Dude. Sgt. Bert gets Bill Troilo, who has ridden the horse to four of his best finishes, including a second in the Woodford County at Keeneland.

First post on Saturday is 1:10 p.m. ET.

Cincinnati Trophy scratched for 2005
The Cincinnati Trophy Stakes gets an asterisk in the Turfway media guide for 2005. Part of last Saturday’s card that was canceled by cold weather, the Cincinnati Trophy will not be rescheduled, according to Turfway’s stakes coordinator, Randy Wehrman.

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