Thursday, February 3, 2005 12:00 AM
Rescheduled Forego set for Friday
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 3, 2005 . . . A couple of fillies join the boys in the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday. Nine three-year-olds are entered for the mile race, the second of three local prep races for the Lane’s End Stakes in March.
While the presence of several frontrunners might put Snack smack in the WEBN driver’s seat, the colt has never taken his big, rumbling close around two turns. He easily won the 6 1/2-furlong Turfway Prevue last month, though, rendering the leader’s stretch battle irrelevant, so he may have plenty in the tank for the extra distance. Ramsey Zimmerman is back aboard for trainer Michael Lauer.
Among the speedsters is Visionary, who jumps from a maiden special weight win right into stakes company. The leap might give a bettor pause if not for the presence of trainer Eric Reed, who is currently 5-for-9 at Turfway with a 67 percent in-the-money rate. Dana Whitney rides.
The filly aptly named Flexible Princess can come from just off the pace, as she did to break her maiden at six furlongs her first time out, or go for the early lead, as she did in a mile allowance race in December. Both wins came at Turfway in the mud. James Lopez will ride for trainer/owner Maria Pinzon.
Catch Me broke his maiden two races ago, going a mile in the mud in 1:39.13 at Turfway. Trainer Patrick Byrne next took him to Calder for the Grade 3 Tropical Park Derby, where he finished sixth of 12 on the turf. Back on the dirt in smaller stakes company, he may find the WEBN a better next step. Orlando Mojica returns to Turfway for the mount.
Others in the field, noted with riders, are Southside Johnny B (Dean Butler), with plenty of speed but no prior two-turn experience; Cat Shaker, fifth in the Turfway Prevue (Rodney Prescott); the filly Full of Fun (Perry Ouzts), with a mile maiden claiming win at Churchill Downs; Safe Place (Jeff Johnston), who battled head-and-head for most of a mile last out at Mountaineer before edging away to win by 1 1/2 lengths; and Dash of Class (Juan Molina Jr.), who was 0-for-9 as a two year old but is 1-for-2 at three.
Also lining up at Turfway on Saturday is the WEBN Paddock Party, with live music, free food, and games from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is by ticket only; tickets are free and available via on-air giveaways and by random drawing at Turfway on Friday night.
The rescheduled Forego Stakes goes off Friday as the 10th of 11 races on the card. The stakes drew most of its original entries, including Deer Lake, Private Horde, and Danieltown.
First post is 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 1:10 p.m. on Saturday.