Thursday, February 8, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 8, 2007 . . . Many of the 3-year-olds entered for the WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park last Saturday waited out the cancellation of that running to return for the rescheduled race this Saturday. Also on the card this Saturday is the regularly scheduled Likely Exchange Stakes for older fillies and mares.
Back in the lineup for the WEBN, the second of three local preps for the Lane's End Stakes, are Carnacks Choice and Joe Got Even. The two finished first and second, respectively, in the first local Lane's End prep, the 6 1/2-furlong Turfway Prevue.
The one-mile WEBN will be the first attempt at two turns for Carnacks Choice, who has two wins and two seconds, one of each at Turfway and Churchill Downs, in four career starts. His regular rider, Julien Leparoux, was at Santa Anita last Saturday but stays in Kentucky this weekend and reclaims the mount for trainer Greg Foley.
Joe Got Even was just a neck behind Carnacks Choice in the Prevue and has the benefit of a previous two-turn race. He had stepped up from a Keeneland allowance win for that race, the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2) at Churchill Downs, and finished fifth. Miguel Mena rides for trainer Phil Sims.
Completing the field for the WEBN Stakes are the speedy Marianas (jockey Dean Butler); Eighteenthofmarch (Casey Chavez); Bubber (Perry Ouzts); Danny Sez (Alonso Quinonez), fourth in the Prevue; Dicey (Victor Lebron), coming in off two wins on Polytrack at the distance; Loose Leaf (Hector Rosario Jr.); the maiden Likely Candidate (Julie Felix); Cajun Mon (Rodney Prescott), third in the Prevue; Matical Cat (Bill Troilo); and Gun It (Orlando Mojia). Cobrador is on the also-eligible list.
Half Heaven will try for her third stakes win in a row in the one-mile Likely Exchange Stakes. She comes in off two route wins on Polytrack, the River Memorial at Woodbine and the My Charmer at Turfway. Miguel Mena keeps the mount for trainer Dale Romans.
Half Heaven likes to be near the lead and the field shows quite a bit of speed, which might benefit closers such as No Reason and Miss Mambo. A stakes winner in Ireland and stakes-placed in the United States, Miss Mambo is trained by Christophe Clement and will be ridden by Rafael Mojica Jr. She is making her first start since finishing fourth in a turf allowance race at Keeneland in late October. No Reason also comes in off a layoff, having most recently finished fifth in the Montauk Handicap at Aqueduct in November. She had two straight wins in stakes for state-breds in New York before the break. Bill Troilo rides for trainer John Langemeier.
Completing the field for the Likely Exchange are Daring Julie (Orlando Mojica), in off a Polytrack win; Ella Belle (Phil Teator); Divine Rahy (Dean Sarvis), also in off a Turfway win; Jill Indy Pulpit (Daniel Coa); Hurricane Isabel (Mathieu Adam); Pine Shelter (Victor Lebron); Miss Wellspring (Julien Leparoux); Espial (Alonso Quinonez); and Dixie Dreamer (Hector Rosario Jr.). Rashaud and Cat Alert are on the also-eligible list.
The WEBN Party, an annual sidebar to the race sponsored by the radio station, was also rescheduled for Saturday. Admission to the races is free, but a ticket is required for the party. Tickets to the party are free but are available only via on-air giveaways by WEBN and at random during giveaways at Turfway.
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m.