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Familiar faces line up in Dust Commander Stakes

Thursday, February 17, 2005 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 17, 2005 . . . Nine Turfway Park veterans line up this Saturday in the $50,000 Dust Commander Stakes, with sprinter Private Horde looking for his second stakes win in a row at the track.

While Private Horde drew off easily to win the 6 1/2-furlong Forego Stakes in December, the Dust Commander will ask him to go a mile, and in his long and profitable career for trainer Joe Cain he has never been better than second in five tries at that distance. Still, his 7-for-12 record at Turfway proves he loves the track. Rodney Prescott, currently second on the leading jockeys list, is back aboard.

Likely to take off with Private Horde early is Paging, who finished a distant third in the Forego and is three-for-six at Turfway. Paging has tried the mile four times, twice at Turfway since December, and won them all, but has spent most of his time among good claimers. James Lopez rides for trainer Bernard Flint.

Also returning is Doc D, who has never been out of the money at Turfway in four tries. His one win at the track came in the 2004 edition of the Forego. Doc D was second last out in the Prairie Bayou here in December but has not raced since. Dana Whitney has the mount for trainer Eric Reed, who boasts a 56 percent in-the-money performance at Turfway this year.

Bonus Pack has one second to show for his two races at Turfway. He’s familiar with the distance and may be able to improve his win record if Private Horde’s vulnerability at the mile continues. Leading rider Dean Sarvis has the call for leading trainer Greg Foley, who claimed Bonus Pack for Robert Bone in November.

Others entered in the Dust Commander are Alpha to Omega, at four the youngster in the group (jockey Shane Laviolette); Punch (Rodolfo Ignacio); Sterling Gold (Perry Ouzts); the durable and productive Ask the Lord (Orlando Mojica), who is coupled with Paging for Flint’s L.T.B. Inc. and Miles Childers; and Mr. Krisley (Juan Molina Jr.), who was third in the Prairie Bayou in December and like Doc D has not run since.

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

Friday’s feature race is the $35,000 Degenerate Gal Handicap for fillies and mares four years old and up. The track has carded 12 races for Friday night, with first post at 5:30 p.m.

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