Thursday, September 13, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 13, 2007 . . . Teuflesberg was supposed to make his first start against older horses last weekend in the Turfway Park Fall Championship (G3) but was scratched while his owners debated his next move. The colt will get his chance this Saturday instead, facing seven older rivals at Turfway in the $75,000 Marfa Stakes.
Trained by Jamie Sanders, Teuflesberg most recently was fourth to Hard Spun in the Grade I Kings Bishop and posts the Marfa's most impressive resume. While he disappointed in the Kentucky Derby, finishing 17th, he earned a Grade II win in the Woody Stephens at Belmont this summer and is multiple graded stakes placed. He can take the lead or close fast as necessary, and few know the Turfway track better than his rider in the Marfa, Willie Martinez.
Off Duty most recently was third in the Arlington Sprint Handicap last month, but a look at the running line flatters that finish. He finished a neck behind a dead heat that stopped the clock at 1:09.14 for 6 furlongs, and in his previous start he won the Don Bernhardt sprint at Ellis Park. Larry Melancon, who won the Fall Championship last weekend, is aboard to ride for trainer Lynn Whiting.
Also entered in the 6 1/2 furlong Marfa are Cat and a Half (jockey Victor Lebron); Cognac Kisses (Joe Stokes); Bully for You (Randall Toups); Cowboy Hardware (Brian J. Hernandez Jr.); Reigning Court, who won the Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3) last year (Dylan Williams); and Buddy Got Even, who is 5-0-2 in 10 starts on Polytrack among 14 lifetime starts (John McKee).
First post Saturday is 1:10 pm.
While there is a $4 admission charge to the So Long Summer Rib Cook-off & Blues Bash scheduled this weekend at Turfway, admission to the races is free as always. Parking is free for both events.
The Marfa Stakes is named for the first winner of what is now the Lane's End Stakes to compete in the Kentucky Derby. Marfa finished fifth in the 1983 Run for the Roses.