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Girl meets boys in inaugural St. Patrick's Day Handicap

Saturday, March 15, 2008 12:00 AM
  • General
KTDF purses increase
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 15, 2008 . . . Lady Belsara will take on the boys Monday in the newest addition to the Turfway Park stakes calendar, the St. Patrick’s Day Handicap. Ten horses four years old and up are entered for the six-furlong race, the eighth of nine races on Monday's live racing card.

Lady Belsara comes in off back-to-back wins at Turfway, including the Wishing Well Stakes for older fillies and mares two races back. The 5-year-old mare has won half her 12 lifetime starts and missed the money just three times. She uses various winning strategies, with off-the-pace and gate-to-wire wins to her credit. After putting in a bullet five-furlong work for trainer Matt Kintz earlier this week, she gets regular rider Bill Troilo back aboard on Monday.

Lady Belsara will break from the rail. To her outside, in order, are Markum (jockey John McKee); Korbyn Gold (Victor Lebron); National Day (Godofredo Laurente); Atticus Kristy (Brian Hernandez Jr.); Wait On Tate (Eddie Zuniga); Impressive Command (Phil Teator); Blazing Bull (Jesus Castanon); Timbucto (Rodney Prescott); and Raedonald (Miguel Mena).

Hall of Fame jockey Steve Cauthen will be on hand to present the first St. Patrick’s Day Handicap trophy. Cauthen is Turfway's guest of honor Monday as the track celebrates his 1978 Triple Crown victories aboard Affirmed, the last horse to win the difficult series. Turfway has produced a limited number of commemorative programs for the day that Cauthen will autograph from 2 to 4pm.

The $50,000 purse for the St. Patrick's Day Handicap includes $24,600 from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund (KTDF), which is available to horses sired and foaled in Kentucky and registered with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association. Only Indiana-bred Wait On Tate is ineligible for the KTDF supplement.

Turfway added Monday's live racing card to replace races lost to weather earlier in the meet. First post Monday is 1:10pm. Gates open at 11:15am. Admission and parking are free.

Turfway has increased KTDF purses through the rest of the current meet by 10 percent, announced Racing Secretary Rick Leigh. The increase took effect Friday, March 14.

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