Friday, February 4, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 4, 2005 . . . Private Horde avenged his New Year’s Day loss to Deer Lake with a romp in the mud at Turfway Park Friday night, winning the rescheduled $50,000 Forego Stakes by 6 1/2 lengths.
Private Horde lost to Deer Lake in the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway when his late run fell half a length short. In the Forego he went for the lead at the outset and kept it all the way home, lengthening his lead at will in the stretch. He finished the 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:14 1/5, tying the track record set in 1995 by Boone’s Mill. Deer Lake was easily second best, finishing 4 1/4 lengths ahead of Paging in third.
Rescheduled from last Saturday afternoon after icy weather forced the track to cancel live racing, the Forego turned into a three-horse contest when Danieltown, Sgt. Bert, and Kenta Kun scratched.
“He really likes the off going,” said winning trainer Joe Cain. “Every time we run him in the mud he’s run real well. This was about an identical track to when he upset Shake You Down [in the A. G. Vanderbilt (G2) at Saratoga in 2003].
“Deer Lake’s a good horse, he ran a big-time race last time,” Cain continued. “It looked like if it was a little bit longer we might have gotten past him, but you can’t take nothing away from Deer Lake. He’s plenty capable of beating us. But I’m glad to come back tonight and turn the tables on him.”
Rodney Prescott had the mount on Private Horde, who won for the first time since the Marfa Stakes at Turfway last September and is now 7-for-12 at the track. The win paid $3.20; there was no place or show wagering on the race.
Racing continues Saturday at Turfway with the WEBN Stakes, the second of three local preps leading to the Lane’s End Stakes in March. Also on tap for the day is the 2nd Annual WEBN Paddock Party. Although most of the free tickets were given away on-air by the Cincinnati radio station or on Friday nights at Turfway, a few will be given away at random to racegoers on Saturday. First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m.