Thursday, January 11, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 11, 2007 . . . The $50,000 Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday has drawn 12 older fillies and mares, including shippers from Chicago, New York, and Canada as well as a contingent from the tough Kentucky circuit.
Mary Delaney comes in off an allowance win at Turfway and two races back won an allowance race at Keeneland, making her two for two in sprints on Polytrack since October. The race between was an eighth-place finish in the Grade II Chilukki at Churchill Downs, and the step back to this level on a surface she likes is a positive step. Julien Leparoux rides for trainer Eddie Kenneally.
In from Chicago is Asyouwish, with Alonso Quinonez to ride. Trained by Frank Kirby, Asyouwish had 10 in-the-money finishes in 15 tries last year, including two wins, one the Iowa State Fair Stakes at Prairie Meadows. She was second by a neck or less in three other races, all allowances at Hawthorne. Her off-the-pace style may suit her first race on Polytrack.
Mocha Queen is the class of the field, with two wins, three seconds, and four thirds in 21 career stakes attempts, but she is winless at the Wishing Well's six-furlong distance. A six-year-old daughter of Cozzene, she has raced almost entirely on turf. She has three starts on Polytrack, most recently a fourth-place finish in the Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at Keeneland. Inosencio Diego rides for trainer Michael Lauer.
Shippers from Aqueduct and Woodbine have done well at Turfway recently and the Wishing Well has drawn two: Evasive, in from New York with Miguel Mena to ride; and Culpeper Moon, with Rodney Prescott aboard.
Completing the field are Stormy Arctic (jockey Victor Lebron); Trick Buster (Dean Sarvis); Seeinsbelieven (Dean Butler), making her first start since October; Harmonic Miss (Perry Ouzts); Cecelia Rose (Orlando Mojica); Lively Classic (Rafael Mojica Jr.); and Golden Voice (Bill Troilo).
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. Admission and parking are free.