Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 24, 2008 . . . Forest Blue has taken the long way to the races but looks for a stakes win at Turfway Park Saturday in the $50,000 Forego Stakes. A 6 1/2 furlong sprint for 4-year-olds and up, the Forego has drawn a dozen, filling the gate.
Five-year-old Forest Blue was unraced at two and ran just once at three, but he’s been worth the wait. In three lifetime starts he has three wins, once closing, once from just off the pace, and once gate-to-wire, all on Polytrack. He broke his maiden at Turfway at first asking in September 2006. He waited 13 months to run again but needed no tune-up, taking the Keeneland allowance by 2 1/4 lengths. He led all the way in his next race, an allowance at Turfway a month ago. Shannon Ritter trains him at Turfway for WinStar Farm. Victor Lebron will ride.
Three Twenty Three finished second in the Holiday Cheer last month at Turfway and returns Saturday to try again in the Forego. A four-year-old son of Silver Charm, Three Twenty Three did not race at two but made up for lost time at three, when he had three wins, three seconds, and a third in 12 starts in mid-level allowances at Arlington, Churchill Downs, Keeneland, and Turfway. Rodney Prescott rides for owner/trainer Warren King.
Mike Maker will saddle veteran Korbyn Gold, who has earned $428,017 so far in his 45-race career. Korbyn Gold has raced in all sorts of circumstances from stakes to claimers and has 14 wins overall. Last year he won four times in 11 starts, missing the money just twice. He stalked the pace to win his most recent outing, an optional claiming race at Turfway where he carried a $60,000 tag. John McKee rides.
Also lining up for the Forego are He Loves Me Not (jockey James Lopez); the speedy Grease Monkey (Fernando De La Cruz); National Day (Mathieu Adam); Carnacks Choice (Bill Troilo), winner of stakes at Turfway and Keeneland making his third start off a layoff; Likely Candidate (Dean Sarvis); Raedonald (Orlando Mojica); Roi Charmant (Diego Rodriquez), making his second start off a layoff; Freedom Alert (Aldo Canchano); and Recognition (Tom Pompell).
The Forego will run as the 11th of 12 races Saturday. Racing begins at 1:10 pm. Admission and parking are free.