Thursday, February 1, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 1, 2007 . . . Carnacks Choice won the first local prep for the Lane's End Stakes and returns to Turfway Park Saturday to stretch out for the second, the $50,000 WEBN Stakes, a one-mile contest for three-year-olds.
The WEBN is the first test around two turns for several of the 11-horse field, including Carnacks Choice, who has two wins and two seconds in four starts. Carnacks Choice lost his footing at the start of the first prep, the Turfway Prevue, but recovered to run patiently off the pace and win by a neck. With Julien Leparoux at Santa Anita this weekend, trainer Greg Foley has named Alonso Quinonez to ride.
A neck behind Carnacks Choice in the Prevue and back for the WEBN is Joe Got Even. Joe Got Even finished fifth in his only two-turn race, but in that attempt jumped from allowance company to the Grade II Kentucky Jockey Club and from 7 furlongs to 1 1/16 miles. He also comes from off the pace, a style that led to his two wins, one each at Keeneland and Turfway on Polytrack. Joe Got Even is trained by Philip Sims and will be ridden by Miguel Mena.
Awesome Hero comes in off back-to-back sprint wins at Turfway. After setting most of the pace in the first, he stumbled at the start of the second and won from off the pace. That lesson may prove useful as he tries two turns for the first time. Awesome Hero makes his first stakes appearance Saturday after progressing from maiden special to allowance wins. Eric Reed trains. Victor Lebron will ride.
Those three likely will be chasing a pace set by Marianas, who has twice won at a mile while setting virtually all the pace. Dean Butler will ride for trainer Paul McGee, who has also entered the turf runner Cobrador, Bill Troilo to ride.
Also entered for the WEBN Stakes are Cajun Mon, third in the Prevue (jockey Rodney Prescott); Gun It (Orlando Mojica); EighteenthofMarch (Casey Chavez); stakes-placed Loose Leaf (Hector Rosario Jr.); the speedster Follow My Moon (Inosencio Diego); and the maiden Likely Candidate (Julio Felix).
The WEBN Stakes is the backdrop for the rowdiest event of Turfway's Winter/Spring Meet, the sixth annual WEBN Party, sponsored by Cincinnati's leading rock radio station. Admission to the party requires a free ticket, available via giveaways on-air and at Turfway on Friday night. Admission to the races is free as usual.
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m.