Thursday, September 20, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . September 20, 2007 . . . The $75,000 Weekend Delight Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday has drawn plenty of speed for the 19th renewal of the sprint for fillies and mares.
Fresh off consecutive wins at Monmouth Park, the speedy Marina Ballerina debuts against elders in the six-furlong Weekend Delight. Two starts back she blew away an allowance field by 9 1/4 lengths over six furlongs, her final time of 1:08.30 a tenth faster than the Turfway record for the distance. She came right back to win the Trenton Stakes, run at about 5 1/2 furlongs on a turf course rated good, in 1:01.97. Marina Ballerina has posted four straight impressive bullet works, including a best-of-six over Turfway's Polytrack. She has one second from three tries on Polytrack at Woodbine, all coming in her two-year-old season before she discovered her affinity for the early lead. Dean Sarvis rides for trainer Steve Margolis.
Two-time stakes winner Country Diva led nearly all the way to win the West Virginia Secretary of State Stakes in her last start, but equally significant is her record at Turfway. She has two wins, a second, and a third in five starts on Polytrack here. Ricardo Feliciano, her most frequent rider, will be in to ride for trainer Michael Trivigno.
After Over the Edge broke her maiden at first asking and posted a win and a second in consecutive stakes, trainer George "Rusty" Arnold II turned her out to deal with a physical issue and mature a bit. She returns in the Weekend Delight for her first start since January, when she won the Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway. She has been training well over Polytrack at Keeneland and is ready to go. James Lopez, himself recently returned to racing, is aboard.
Completing the field are Milago (jockey Rafael Mojica Jr.); Spanish Ghost (Larry Sterling Jr.), who steps up to stakes company off two straight allowance wins; Morner (Brian Hernandez Jr.), second in last year's track record Weekend Delight; Tak Wild (Inosencio Diego); Humorous Gal (John McKee); True Tails (Randall Toups); and Exciting Justice (Terry Thompson), a Glitterman speedster who has two wins and a second in four starts.
First post on Saturday is 1:10 pm. In addition to its 10 live races, Turfway will include on its card six races simulcast from Kentucky Downs, including the Turf Festival.