Thursday, January 3, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 3, 2008 . . . Newly minted three-year-olds get their first crack at the new year Saturday in the 22nd running of the Turfway Prevue Stakes at Turfway Park. Run at 6 1/2 furlongs, the $50,000 race is the first of three local preps for the Lane’s End Stakes in March.
All Thoroughbreds registered to race are counted another year older each January 1 regardless of their actual birthdates, and the 11 horses entered in the Turfway Prevue come in with varying levels of experience as two-year-olds.
Starting his two-year-old campaign in August, U. S. Cavalry won three of his five starts last year, including a blockbuster 9-length, frontrunning maiden win at Turfway in his second try. Claimed out of that race for $50,000 by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, U. S. Cavalry followed with a starter allowance win at Keeneland. He next was sixth at Churchill Downs but came back with a stalking win at the same level at the same track in his most recent start. Momentum lies with U. S. Cavalry's connections as well. The Ramseys just completed Turfway’s Holiday Meet as leading owners and Mike Maker was the meet's leading trainer. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. led most of the meet and finished second after taking time off for the holidays.
The Turfway Prevue will be the fourth career start for Allsarott, who has two wins and a third so far for trainer Jeff Greenhill. Allsarott is a son of Grindstone, who is among proficient sires in the slowly accumulating stats for Polytrack. Allsarott will make his first start on Polytrack under jockey Victor Lebron.
Spice House also will make his fourth start in the Turfway Prevue, returning to sprint after flagging in the 1 1/16-mile Bourbon Stakes on the Keeneland turf in October. He owns one win over Polytrack, an entry level allowance at Turfway. The Holiday Meet's leading rider, John McKee, has the call for trainer Greg Foley.
Completing the lineup for the Turfway Prevue are Mr. Harry (jockey James Lopez); Cape Hatteras (Orlando Mojica); Hot Chili (Luis Martinez Jr.); Mr. Flamboyant (Bill Troilo); Gregory’s Trick (Deshawn Parker); Gold Appeal (Dylan Williams); Star's Classic Cat (Dean Sarvis); and Chow Wagon (Rodney Prescott).
Horses following the Turfway prep trail to the Lane's End Stakes will stretch out to a mile in the WEBN Stakes on February 2 and to 1 1/16 miles in the John A. Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 1.
Racing begins Saturday at 1:10 pm. Admission and parking are free.