Thursday, January 31, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 31, 2008 . . . U. S. Cavalry will take the next step on the local road to the Lane’s End Stakes (G2) when he lines up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park this Saturday.
With four wins from six lifetime starts, U. S. Cavalry already won the first step, the Turfway Prevue sprint in early January. The one-mile WEBN will be his first attempt at two turns. He broke his maiden with a nine-length, front-running win among $50,000 claimers at Keeneland but in recent back-to-back wins has come from off the pace, which should be useful as he stretches out. Trainer Mike Maker taps Orlando Mojica to ride.
Second in the Turfway Prevue and also back for the WEBN is Mr. Harry, who broke his maiden in August going a mile on the Polytrack at Arlington. He set all the pace in the Turfway Prevue before U. S. Cavalry ran him down and beat him just a length and a quarter. Bill Troilo rides for trainer Larry Demeritte.
Trainer Paul McGee jumps Dixie Decision into stakes company for the first time off two consecutive wins at Turfway, both at a mile, both from off the pace. Three starts back, going 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Churchill, he closed from far back to finish second, beaten less than two lengths. He has learned to keep going when bothered and to run all out if necessary to get up, valuable assets as he steps up Saturday. Aldo Canchano will ride.
Texas Fever won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile (G3) at Turfway in September and then was sixth of 12 on the waterlogged turf at Monmouth in the new Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. In his last start he was seventh behind Blackberry Road, whom he beat in the Kentucky Cup, in the Grade III LeComte at Fair Grounds three weeks ago. Michael Stidham trains; Rodney Prescott rides.
Also entered for the WEBN are Gregory’s Trick (jockey Fernando De La Cruz); Hot Chili (Otto Thorwarth), a Michigan stakes winner and fourth in the Prevue; Best Buddy (Dean Sarvis), fresh off an 11-length maiden win in the mud at Hawthorne; Socks (Thomas Pompell); Cape Hatteras (Julio Felix), third in the Prevue; Your Round (Victor Lebron); Big Glen (James Lopez); and Laramie Woods (Hector Rosario Jr.). Targe, three-for-three on Polytrack with back-to-back wins at Turfway, is on the also-eligible list for Maker, with John McKee named to ride should he draw in.
Formerly the President's Stakes, the WEBN Stakes has been sponsored since 2002 by Cincinnati rock radio giant WEBN. The day also offers the annual WEBN Stakes Party, a rowdy event featuring refillable beer mugs, free food, and music from 4th Day Echo. Tickets are required but free, available via on-air giveaways and the station’s website, www.webn.com.
The third local prep for the March 22 Lane’s End Stakes is the 1 1/16-mile John A. Battaglia Memorial Stakes, set this year for March 1.