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Kentucky Cup Classic gets five, undercard stakes strong

Wednesday, September 26, 2007 12:00 AM
  • Kentucky Cup
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FLORENCE, KY . . . September 26, 2007 . . . Just a trio of horses will take on Street Sense and Hard Spun in the Kentucky Cup Classic this Saturday, but the four supporting stakes drew full or nearly full fields, promising plenty of action at the windows to go with the drama of the Classic's rematch.

Asked how he thought the Classic would unfold, Hard Spun's trainer Larry Jones said, "It could be a freaky deal like the Blue Grass, where they went three-quarters in 1:16. I can tell you it won't be a repeat of the Belmont, where they went 1:15 for three-quarters without us in front. We're just going to do our thing. The Derby was a 20-horse field and in our horse's mind it was a match race from the quarter-pole home.

"The one thing about the short field is there should be enough time for everyone to focus on where (jockey) Calvin (Borel) is," Jones added. "He (and Street Sense) have never come up on the rail on Hard Spun. He's going to have to come around."

All three of Jones's entries were on the Turfway track Wednesday morning. Hard Spun and De Star Xpress (Juvenile Fillies) galloped a mile, while Sweetdownthelane (Distaff) jogged the same distance.

Street Sense breezed Tuesday, going five furlongs in 1:01 4/5 at Churchill Downs, the second fastest of 26 at the distance.

Said trainer Carl Nafzger, "I wanted 1:00 4/5 to 1:01 4/5, somewhere in there. We got 1:01 4/5. He went :26 3/5 the first quarter and he did like he always did, :23 in the lane and Calvin just sat there."

As far as a small field is concerned, said Nafzger, "Match races are won by speed horses."

Asked about the sequence of prepping on Polytrack before wins in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile last year and the Kentucky Derby this year, Nafzger said, "I think circumstances set that up, but we'll see. I hope that's right. The main reason we went to Turfway Park is we've been here all summer. It's Kentucky. We'll go over to Turfway that morning, we'll run, then we'll come home."

Craig Callis sent Cat Shaker to the track for a three-furlong blowout in :37 flat on Wednesday in preparation for the Classic. "He went very well and galloped out strong," said Callis, who added he would seriously consider the Breeders' Cup with a strong performance by Cat Shaker on Saturday.

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