Saturday, January 27, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 27, 2007 . . . The first half of the $50,000 Forego Stakes played out in two time zones at Turfway Park Saturday: the one up front, where seven horses fought for position; and the one in back, where Buddy Got Even appeared to be out for an afternoon stroll. Running 15 lengths off the lead and nearly out of camera range, Buddy Got Even ran his race alone before roaring by in the stretch to win by three lengths.
"That's the way this horse runs," said winning jockey Alonso Quinonez. "Last time I won on him, we were slow out of the gate and I thought, 'OK, I'm already last,' so I started rushing on him at the three-eighths pole and he came flying. He did the same thing this time. He doesn't start fast, but he gets going and going and then he's like a train. Once he gets going, nobody can stop him."
Will He Shine finished second, 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Outrageouslyfunny, but was disqualified to third when the stewards confirmed that his jockey, Miguel Mena, inadvertently hit Outrageouslyfunny across the nose with his whip in the stretch. Outrageouslyfunny was moved up to second. A claim of foul by the rider of Outrageouslyfunny against the winner was disallowed.
Yucatan set the pace into mid-stretch, pressed in turn by King of Speed, Eyeforglory, and Will He Shine. Will He Shine fought his way through traffic to make his move in the stretch, but by then Buddy Got Even was rolling on the outside. After Yucatan's :22.27 and :45.62 pace, Buddy Got Even finished the Forego in 1:16.87. He returned $21, $11, and $6 as the 9.5-1 fourth choice.
Behind Outrageouslyfunny were Yucatan, Twilight Road, King of Speed, Eyeforglory, and Straight Line, the 6-5 favorite, who got exactly the trip that takes him out of his race, stuck tight against the rail from the start and forced to check.
The 6 1/2 furlong Forego is the first stakes win for Buddy Got Even, who is trained by Rebecca Maker for owner Stan Fulton. The win bumps his bankroll up to six figures, $103,539, and runs his record to 4-1-1 in 8 career starts. All of his wins, two at Keeneland and two at Turfway, have come over Polytrack.
Racing continues at Turfway on Sunday, with first post at 1:10 p.m.