Saturday, February 26, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 26, 2005 . . . The 34th running of the Grade II $500,000 Lane’s End Stakes at Turfway Park has drawn 130 nominations, announced Stakes Coordinator Randy Wehrman on Friday. The race, run at 1 1/8 miles as an early prep for the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled this year for Saturday, March 26.
Eclipse Award Trainer of the Year Todd Pletcher has nominated 17 to the Lane’s End Stakes, including Killenaule and Harlington, the latter the beaten favorite in the Risen Star (GII) at the Fair Grounds on February 12. Scipion, winner of the Risen Star and third in the Cradle Stakes at River Downs, is also on the list for trainer Patrick Biancone. Nicholas Zito has nominated nine, including Cradle Stakes winner Bellamy Road, Aventura Stakes winner High Fly, and Sun King, third in both the Grade I Champagne and the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. Among other trainers represented by multiple nominees are Robert Frankel with seven, Kenneth McPeek with five, Bob Baffert with four, and D. Wayne Lukas with three.
Also nominated is Snack, the come-from-behind specialist who won both the Turfway Prevue and the WEBN Stakes at Turfway to start his three-year-old campaign. Trained then by Michael Lauer for his wife, owner Penny Lauer, Snack was subsequently sold to J. Paul Reddam and moved to the barn of Southern California-based Doug O’Neill.
Horses nominated to the Lane’s End Stakes also are eligible to run in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 5 as well as the Hansel Stakes and the Rushaway Stakes on the Lane’s End undercard. At 1 1/16th miles, the Battaglia is the last local prep for the Lane’s End. Among the nominees pointing first toward the Battaglia are General John B, winner of the Turf Paradise Derby on February 12, and Malibu Moonshine and Seize, first and third, respectively, in the Miracle Wood at Laurel Park on February 5. Another Battaglia candidate with his eye on the Lane’s End is Magna Graduate, runner-up to Greater Good in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (GIII) at Turfway and third in the Aventura. Robert Corrado will bring New York invader Interline to the Battaglia first as well; the Lane’s End was won in 2003 and 2004 by New York breds.
The complete list of nominations is online at www.turfway.com/racing/winter05/SNL-THELANE'SEND.html.