Wednesday, September 13, 2006 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 13, 2006 . . . Slew Peg, a 3-year-old filly by 2000 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, set a new track record for the mile at Turfway Park Wednesday, finishing the ninth race in 1:36.37.
The previous record for the mile had been 1:37.31, set by Artemus Sunrise on October 1, 2005.
Slew Peg won going nearly gate to wire in the night's feature race, a $26,000 allowance for fillies and mares 3 years old and upward. In the irons was apprentice jockey Julien Leparoux, the nation's leading rider by wins and the current leader of the Turfway Park meet with 9 wins from 28 mounts.
Trained by Patrick Biancone, Slew Peg now has three wins from six career starts and is a perfect two-for-two at Turfway. The record-setting race was her second start off a 10-month layoff and her first win this year. She has posted three bullets in four works over the Turfway track in the past month.
Out of the Seattle Slew mare Slew Princess, Slew Peg was bred in Kentucky by Whisperwood Farm and is owned by Gulf Coast Farms.