Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 17, 2008 . . . A dozen 3-year-old fillies will take a run at the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, including Birdgirl, second in the Gowell Stakes in December, and Miss Red Delicious, a stakes winner at Ellis Park last summer.
In the Gowell, nobody got close to Kadira, who set every bit of a blistering pace and won by 8 1/2 lengths. Birdgirl led the rest of the 11-horse field at every call and finished three lengths ahead of third and 6 3/4 lengths ahead of fourth. She can close or rate, which should pay off behind the plentiful speed in the Cincinnati Trophy. A former claimer now trained by Steve Margolis, Birdgirl has two wins, one second, and one third in five career starts. Both of her wins have come at Turfway.
Miss Red Delicious won the Anna M. Fisher Debutante Stakes at Ellis Park in August and then finished far back in the Grade II Matron Stakes at Belmont in September after setting the early pace. Trained by Mark Hubley, she has two wins from four starts but hasn't started since her trip to New York.
The 6 1/2 furlong Cincinnati Trophy also has attracted a handful of impressive maiden special winners looking to step up. Insure came from off the pace to win by 1 1/4 lengths at Turfway and has been training well here, including a bullet five furlongs on Monday. Conjuress set all of a very fast pace in her only previous start and won by 3 3/4 lengths at Turfway. Also racing at Turfway, Golden Roses set a moderate pace in winning her first and only start by more 6 3/4 lengths.
The Cincinnati Trophy field from the rail out: Nevercomingback (jockey Fernando De La Cruz); Miss Red Delicious (Victor Lebron); Birdgirl (James Lopez); Insure (Bill Troilo); Love Buzz (Dean Sarvis); Golden Roses (John McKee); Bernt to Run (Eddie Zuniga); Conjuress (Rodney Prescott); Clever Idea (Mary Doser), a winner in Michigan state-bred stakes; Lavenham (Thomas Pompell); Mrs Petoski (Julio Felix); and Valentine Fever (Orlando Mojica).
Post time Saturday is 1:10 pm. Admission and parking are free.