Saturday, March 12, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 12, 2005 . . . Tempus Fugit got the lead, her trademark “big heart,” and then a 9 1/4-length victory in the $50,000 Wintergreen Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. It was the second consecutive stakes win for the five-year-old mare, who won Turfway’s Likely Exchange Stakes in identical fashion exactly one month earlier.
“When she gets the lead, she gets brave. You want to say she can run all day, but in reality she is a true miler,” said Rob Mitchell, who with his wife, Stacy, races the homebred Tempus Fugit under their Briland Farm name. For the mare’s next start, Mitchell said he will talk with trainer Bernard Flint about looking for a seven-furlong race at the Keeneland spring meet.
Carrying 121 pounds, seven more than every other starter, Tempus Fugit broke first in the Wintergreen and established the early lead. Plumlake Lady stayed with her early, but with half the race behind her the winner began to draw effortlessly away. Said winning jockey Dean Sarvis, “It was very easy. She was much the best today. She broke on the lead and I just sat there on her and held her together. I had a lot of horse left.”
Plumlake Lady finished second, 7 1/2 lengths ahead of Honorable Cat in third. Completing the order of finish were Mariaworth, Plaid, Evil Eye Aly, and So Welcome. Strike Me Lucky and Slammin’ Lil scratched.
Off as the even-money favorite, Tempus Fugit finished the one-mile race over a fast track in 1:34.95, just .83 seconds off the track record. She returned $4.00 for the win. Tempus Fugit improved her record to six wins, five seconds, and one third from 23 starts and has earned just over $235,000.
Danford gets first win as trainer
On Friday, March 11, trainer Anna Nicole Danford scored her first win with her first starter when she saddled Sweet One in Turfway’s third race. Danford had previously worked as an assistant to trainer Steve Tippett.