Wednesday, March 23, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 23, 2005 . . . The fields are never set until the horses enter the gate, and this Saturday’s lineup at Turfway Park is no exception. Both the featured Lane’s End Stakes and the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup underwent some fine tuning overnight.
The Lane’s End Stakes
The field for the $500,000 Grade 2 Lane’s End Stakes now stands at nine with the decision by trainer D. Wayne Lukas to keep Silent Bid in California. "We have decided to go in a different direction with him," Lukas said late Wednesday. "I'm sending the two big horses [Going Wild and Consolidator] out of town for their final preps so we're going to run Silent Bid next in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9."
Mayan King had his final blowout before leaving for Turfway Park, breezing three furlongs in :35.51. He was one of just two horses to breeze at Aqueduct Tuesday.
Texcess has settled into the Turfway stakes barn and took a walk around the shedrow this morning, according to his groom, Martin Carranza. Texcess may get his first look at the Turfway track tomorrow.
The Rushaway Stakes has a full field of probables despite the daunting presence of Padua Stables’ Proud Accolade. The field has shaped up to probably also include Catch Me; Mad Adam; Signals in the Wind; Melissa’s Comet; Stormy Afternoon; Sterlingprospector; Daddy Joe; Pinpoint; Cat Shaker; Broke Sharply; and Spinfire. So Swanky has been moved to the “maybe” list, according to Turfway’s stakes coordinator, Randy Wehrman.
Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup
H. Graham Motion has confirmed that 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies entrant Dance Away Capote will make her next start in the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup. With Dance Away Capote away from the races for a while, Motion called the audible after a hoped-for allowance race at Gulfstream Park did not fill. Instead he will fly the filly from Florida to Louisville on Wednesday and then van her to the Florence track.
Amazing Buy did not breeze at Aqueduct as previously scheduled, with trainer Jennifer Pedersen citing poor track conditions there. Norberto Arroyo is scheduled to ride Amazing Buy in the Bourbonette.
Also preparing for the Bourbonette is Brett’s Favrette, undefeated and three-for-three at Turfway including a win in the Valdale Stakes. The Greg Foley trainee will be ridden by Jerry Bailey. Smart Voyager returns to all-filly competition in the Bourbonette after finishing seventh of nine against males, including Magna Graduate and Pavo, in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway. Ken McPeek is sending Sweet Talker to the Bourbonette, with Gary Stevens to ride. Sweet Talker will come up from Florida to McPeek’s base at Churchill Downs and ship in on Saturday morning for the race.
Also on the probables list for the Bourbonette are Easily; Gallant Secret; Flying Glitter; Lady Dynasty; and Touch of Splendor.
Trainer Angel Montano Sr. will send either Big B in the Lead or Yankee Treaty to the $50,000 Hansel Stakes, six furlongs for three year olds. Jockey Rodney Prescott will have the mount on Call the Lord for trainer Joe Cain. Rebecca Maker is sending Departing Now to the Hansel, with Robby Albarado to ride. Eyeforglory, trained by John Burke, will have veteran rider Perry Ouzts in the irons. Trainer Greg Foley intends to send both Louderfasterharder and Southside Johnny B. Ken McPeek sends Summer Man, with Jerry Bailey to ride. Falcon’s Peak, trained by Larry Lay, and Mechanic, trained by Eric Reed, are on the “possible” list. The Hansel Stakes is presented for the first time this year by Fifth Third Bank.
For fillies and mares four years old and up, the Queen Stakes is likely to include Chunk of Love, ridden by Robby Albarado; Cobra Lady; Dale Romans trainee Gone Exclusive; Jinny’s Gold, second to Golden Marlin in the Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway in January; Moonlit Romance, third in the Wishing Well; and Revolutionary Act, who won the Holiday Inaugural last December. Wallop, who would ship from Maryland, remains a “maybe” for trainer Donald Barr.
Turfway trainer Jamie Fox will be taking some time off from saddling her 23 charges. "I am very pregnant," Fox said Wednesday. "I am about six and a half months along, so my husband, Greg, will be the trainer [of record] starting Saturday." He will saddle Jinny’s Gold in the Queen Stakes and Lady Dynasty in the Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup, both part of the Lane’s End Stakes undercard.
Even though Saturday will mark the first time horses have run under Greg’s name, he is no stranger to the track. A licensed vet on the backside, he has worked hand in hand with Jamie for the past several years on the farm they own next to the Thoroughbred Center near Lexington.
"Jinny's Gold is a proven horse on the grass, running second in the Valley View Stakes at Keeneland last October. She also finished second in the Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway in January. The jockey that beat us that day was Dean Sarvis. He will ride Jinny's Gold for us in the Queen stakes, and hopefully she can cross the wire first."
"Lady Dynasty was formerly trained by Dale Romans and she broke her maiden impressively last July at Churchill Downs. When we got her we gave her some time off, and she came back in her first start for us to win impressively at Oaklawn Park. This race is a big step up for her, and I still have some distance concerns, but I am looking forward to being able to have a horse in a program such as the Lane's End day."