Thursday, September 7, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 7, 2006 . . . The 57th running of the Grade III Turfway Park Fall Championship this Saturday has drawn a full field heavy with class. For three-year-olds and up going a mile, the race offers a $100,000 purse and kicks off Turfway's fall stakes schedule.
Among the entries is Gouldings Green in his first Turfway start. Gouldings Green won his most recent race, the Seagram (G3) at Woodbine in July, and in his last eight starts has missed the money only once, a fifth-place effort behind Saint Liam in the 2005 Stephen Foster. Trainer Anthony Reinstedler gives him a short break every few races, and he should be fresh for his return to business here; he posted a best-of-35 work over the Polytrack just a week ago. Corey Lanerie is in to ride.
Trainer Paul McGee enters Honor in War, a Grade I winner who has made virtually all of his $1.15 million on grass. Ridden Saturday by Brice Blanc, Honor in War will make his first start since May and his first on Polytrack. His most recent win dates to January, the Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream, and he finished a fine fourth behind Miesque's Approval and Artie Schiller in the Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland last spring.
Alumni Hall has raced north to south and coast to coast, collecting $720,256 and seven graded-stakes wins for trainer Neil Howard. He last appeared at Turfway in 2004, finishing sixth in that year's Fall Championship. Based on his pattern of strong efforts interrupted by an occasional off-the-board finish, he is due for a good day at Turfway this Saturday. Calvin Borel has the mount.
The successful team of trainer Bob Holthus and jockey John McKee bring Greater Good back to Turfway for the Fall Championship. With more than $500,000 in lifetime earnings, Greater Good has performed well in graded stakes company this year, including a third in the Fifth Season Stakes at Oaklawn last spring. After running every month from February through July, he comes to the Fall Championship off a six-week rest.
Free Thinking brings six wins from 21 starts to his Turfway debut. He has won or hit the board in all four starts this year, and most recently was second to Miesque's Approval in the Firecracker Breeders' Cup (G2) at Churchill, beaten just 1 1/4 lengths. Dean Sarvis rides for Doug Danner.
Completing the deep field are Tap Dancing Mauk (jockey Miguel Mena); Going Wild (Orlando Mojica); Flirt With Fortune (Francisco Vidal); Esprit Du Roi (CHI) (Randall Toups), who has found a second successful career in the U.S.; It's No Joke (Jesus Castanon), winner of the Bet On Sunshine Handicap at Churchill this summer; Cognac Kisses (Inosencio Diego); and Summer Book (Brian Hernandez), one of eight in this field with at least $200,000 in lifetime earnings.
The Fall Championship was first run in 1919 as the Latonia Championship at the original Latonia Race Course and was returned to the schedule at Turfway in 1964.
First post on Saturday at Turfway is 1:10 p.m. Admission and parking are free.