Saturday, January 20, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 20, 2007 . . . Over the Edge took her revenge at Turfway Park Saturday, beating Miss A. Bomb to the wire with half a length to spare in the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes.
The two finished in reverse order at Turfway last month, when Miss A. Bomb took the Gowell Stakes by a neck.
As expected, Miss Holiday Inn jumped to the lead early, putting down fractions of :22.50 and :45.36 before tiring. Over the Edge and Thunder and Belle sat just behind the pace, with Miss A. Bomb following in fourth. Over the Edge easily took the lead from Miss Holiday Inn in the stretch and then held off Miss A. Bomb's closing rush. She's Impossible finished another 2 3/4 lengths back in third. Final time for the 6 1/2 furlong race was 1:16.46.
"She broke sharp and I let her settle down," said winning jockey Miguel Mena. "I didn't take her back, but I didn't rush her either. I let her run her race."
The bettors were expecting the win, sending Over the Edge off as the 3-5 favorite for payouts of $3.40, $2.60, and $2.10.
Completing the order of finish were Deirdre, Miss Holiday Inn, Cee Stone, Richwood Gold, and Thunder and Belle. Our Dancing Babe and Rivanna River scratched.
The Cincinnati Trophy is the first stakes win for Over the Edge, who now has two wins and one second in three career starts for trainer George "Rusty" Arnold II and owner G. W. Humphrey Jr. The winner's share of the Cincinnati Trophy purse boosted her earnings to $71,012.
For three-year-old fillies, the Cincinnati Trophy serves as a local prep for the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup (G3) on the Lane's End Stakes undercard.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway at 1:10 p.m. The track is closed for live racing Monday and Tuesday but open Monday for simulcasting.