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Flower Alley makes up his mind and wins the Lane's End Stakes

Saturday, March 26, 2005 12:00 AM
  • Spiral Stakes
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 26, 2005 . . . (Amended March 30) . . . Mr Sword appeared to have the Lane’s End Stakes won Saturday at Turfway Park, but Flower Alley came running when it mattered to take the $500,000 Grade 2 race by half a length. Wild Desert also made a big move late to get second by two lengths. Mr Sword finished third.

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Flower Alley seesawed through the 1 1/8-mile race, moving early to press the leader, dropping back to fifth, and then coming on again to go from fourth at the top of the stretch to first at the wire. “He’s a little green,” said winning jockey Jorge Chavez. “He was stopping and going. But he can run great and he looks like a Derby horse.”

Said Pletcher, “He did his best running when he got off the inside at the top of the stretch and leveled off. It is a credit to his athleticism and raw ability. We are on a tight schedule now [in training for the Kentucky Derby]. I think the Arkansas Derby or Blue Grass will be next.”

Flower Alley went off at odds of 10-1 and paid $22.40 for the win. The favorite, Spanish Chestnut, finished sixth after setting the pace.

The Lane’s End field in order of finish: Flower Alley, Wild Desert, Mr Sword, Magna Graduate, Andromeda’s Hero, Spanish Chestnut, Mayan King, Diamond Isle, Texcess.

Long shot stuns Rushaway field
A $2,300 investment in 2003 paid off big today for William Callis when Cat Shaker powered his way from ninth place to first in the Rushaway Stakes. Callis bought the colt as a yearling for just $2,300 and today took home $62,000, the winner’s share of the Rushaway’s $100,000 purse. Cat Shaker’s trainer, Craig Callis, has had his trainer’s license just six months.

Near the back of the field at the quarter-mile mark, Cat Shaker ran down Daddy Joe, who had led from the gate. Daddy Joe finished just half a length back in second. Catch Me stayed in for third.

With Cat Shaker’s odds at 38-1, the win paid $79.80 and fueled a record $112,262.20 superfecta payoff.

Cat Shaker had previously run third in the WEBN Stakes and fifth in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes, both at Turfway.

”I knew he had it in him,” said Callis. “[Jockey] Joe Bravo did what I asked him to do. He waited until the 3/8s [pole] to make his move. The last couple of races he moved at the half [mile] and was out of gas. Today Joe got him to relax down the backstretch. We’ll run next in the Lexington [Stakes at Keeneland]. I feel very fortunate. I’m a bit surprised we beat Proud Accolade.”

Proud Accolade, the overwhelming favorite at 2-5, unexpectedly finished a non-threatening sixth. The muddy track played a role, according to his trainer, Todd Pletcher. “He looked like he didn’t like the dirt in his face or the off going. He never really got in his rhythm.”

The Rushaway field in order of finish: Cat Shaker, Daddy Joe, Catch Me, Melissa’s Comet, Stormy Afternoon, Proud Accolade, Broke Sharply, Sterlingprospector, Spinfire, Raving Rocket.

Dance Away Capote waltzes off with Boubonette Breeder’s Cup
Dance Away Capote was outsprinted early but made a bold move late to win the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup. The winning jockey was Rafael Bejarano, who broke every Turfway riding record in 2004 and was the nation’s leading jockey by wins last year.

The favorite, Amazing Buy, stayed right with the pacesetter before taking over after three-quarters but couldn’t hold off the fast-closing Dance Away Capote, who drew off to win by four lengths for trainer Graham Motion. Gallant Secret, off at 75-1 and ridden by local jockey Bill Troilo, made a similar big move to get up for second. Amazing Buy was third.

The Bourbonette field in order of finish: Dance Away Capote, Gallant Secret, Amazing Buy, Sweet Talker, Brett’s Favrette, Easily, Smart Voyager, Lady Dynasty, Shadow Dance, Flying Glitter, Touch of Splendor.

Call the Lord wins Hansel Stakes
Jockey Rodney Prescott pushed Call the Lord to the front early and kept the lead all the way to the wire, winning by 1 3/4 lengths. Eyeforglory moved from the middle of the field but couldn’t get more than second. Carnival Show ran just behind Call the Lord through most of the race but finished third. The winner paid $11.00. Joe Cain was the winning trainer.

The Hansel field in order of finish: Call the Lord, Eyeforglory, Carnival Show, Departing Now, Southside Johnny B, Summer Man, Yankee Treaty, Devilish Sefa.

Revolutionary Act gets second Turfway stakes
Just as she did in the Holiday Inaugural Stakes at Turfway in December, Revolutionary Act broke first and finished first to win the $50,000 Queen Stakes. Always in the lead, she finished seven lengths ahead of Plumlake Lady in second. Moonlit Romance was two lengths back in third. Billy Patin was the winning rider. Monica Lockridge was the winning trainer.

The Queen field in order of finish: Revolutionary Act, Plumlake Lady, Moonlit Romance, Chunk of Love, Gone Exclusive, Cats Copy, Regale, Jinny’s Gold.

Record attendance pushes handle up
Fans at the track wagered $1,207,324 on Turfway’s 12 live races Saturday, up 6.3 percent over last year’s Lane’s End Stakes Day. Attendance for the day was 22,747, a record for the Lane’s End Stakes.

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