Saturday, March 22, 2008 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 22, 2008 . . . Adriano was an impressive 2 1/2-length winner of the $500,000 Grade II Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday. Trained by Graham Motion, the A.P. Indy colt redeemed himself after running a dismal ninth in the Feb. 24 Fountain of Youth Stakes (G2) at Gulfstream Park.
"I thought he was extremely impressive," said Motion. "Edgar (Prado) gave him a beautiful ride. We had to stay a little bit closer because you didn't want to come from off the pace today. I thought that played right into our hands because I know at that pace he can go all day.
"I think we all agree that he's probably more of a turf horse, but the Lexington is something we will definitely consider. The horse showed that on his day he can be brilliant. I thought another key was that he was very good in the paddock. He's very hot-blooded. In the Fountain of Youth, he kind of fell apart that day. The fact that he was good today made a big difference."
The third choice in a field of 11, Adriano was in a perfect stalking position early and inherited the lead turning for home under jockey Edgar Prado. The chestnut colt increased his lead under steady urging to take Turfway Park's premier race.
"I wanted to be in a tracking position, and I was happy almost every step of the way," said Prado. "He put me in a great position at the eighth pole and every time I called on him, he responded."
Adriano, who races as a homebred for Don Adam’s Courtlandt Farms, finished the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.20.
"This is a very proud moment," said Adam. "We've been in the business a long time, and we haven't had major success. Days like this make up for the lean years. He's a mid-May foal. He's not even three years old. He's very, very big, and he’s just starting to grow into himself."
Race favorite Halo Najib, who ran sixth in the Fountain of Youth, was second and finished three-quarters of a length in front of Medjool.
"My horse ran his race," said Halo Najib's trainer, Dale Romans. "He had a little rough trip around the turn, but I was real pleased with his effort."
Rich Young Ruler and Duke of de Buque battled at the start of the race while setting the early fractions before fading to finish tenth and eleventh, respectively.
Adriano returned $11.60, $6.40, and $4.60.
The order of finish in the Lane's End: Adriano, Halo Najib, Medjool, Racecar Rhapsody, Chitoz, Cannonball, Macho Again, Turf War, El Aleman, Rich Young Ruler, and Duke of de Buqe. Halo’s King scratched.
Big Glen wins Rushaway in a photo
Big Glen ran down pacesetter Miner's Claim to win the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes by a neck. Miner's Claim, the race favorite, finished three lengths ahead of Icabad Crane.
"Today he had a very good trip and showed guts to get there," said Big Glen's trainer, Frank Brothers. "He got the trip, and that's what made the difference. He saved the ground. This horse is a hard tryer."
Racing for John T. L. Jones Jr. and Bill Jones, Big Glen garnered his first stakes victory in the Feb. 2 WEBN Stakes at Turfway and then ran fourth in the March 1 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.
"I don't know what will be next," said Brothers. "He’s not (Kentucky) Derby nominated."
Ridden by jockey Rene Douglas, the 3-year-old Cactus Ridge colt raced in mid-pack before dueling with Miner's Claim down the stretch. Final time for the 1 1/16 miles was 1:44.55.
"He's getting better with every race," Douglas said. "I watched his races and noticed that when he gets in front, he tries to pull himself up a little bit, so I took my time."
Sent off as the third choice, Big Glen paid $8.40, $4.20, and $2.80.
The order of finish in the Rushaway: Big Glen, Miner's Claim, Icabad Crane, Cape of Storms, Targe, Tejanos Eliminator, My Sea of Fire, Acting Out, and Holidaze.
Maren's Meadow takes Bourbonette
Maren's Meadow became a stakes winner with her 1 1/4-length victory in the Grade III $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks for 3-year-old fillies.
Ridden by Gabriel Saez, the Meadowlake filly stayed just behind pacesetter Love Buzz before taking the lead as the field turned for home. Larry Jones trains the Ontario-bred filly for Sandra Rasmussen's River Ridge Ranch.
"Larry (Jones) said Love Buzz would probably go to the lead and to sit behind her," Saez said. "I stayed two to three lengths back and off the rail. Larry also said when I wanted to go with her, just go, and that's exactly the way it turned out. She ran beautifully."
Sent off as the fifth choice, Maren's Meadow came into the Bourbonette off a second place finish in the Feb. 17 Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn Park.
"She has been training very well," said Jones. "Since we started putting her around two turns, she's been a different horse. If you look at her, she just looks like a two-turn horse."
Maren's Meadow paid $17.60, $7.80, and $4.20. Final time for the one-mile distance was 1:38.15.
Race favorite A to the Croft was third.
The order of finish in the Bourbonette: Maren's Meadow, Valentine Fever, A to the Croft, Downtown Drifter, Morakami, Lovers Spat, Clearly Foxy, and Love Buzz.
Mitigation wins Hansel
Jay Em Ess Stable's Mitigation became a stakes winner in his first attempt at stakes company when he took the $50,000 Hansel Stakes by 3 1/4 lengths over U. S. Cavalry. Stormin Yank, the race favorite, was a head back in third.
"He was very impressive and won easier than I thought he would," said trainer Paul McGee. "He's three for three since having been gelded and the addition of blinkers."
Ridden by Orlando Mojica, Mitigation was third early on. The 3-year-old Cherokee Run gelding took the lead turning for home and completed the six-furlong event in 1:10.03.
The Hansel was Mitigation's third consecutive win at Turfway. A homebred for Mace and Samantha Siegel, Mitigation returned $9.20, $4.00, and $2.80.
The order of finish in the Hansel: Mitigation, U. S. Cavalry, Stormin Yank, G Areyoukidding, Little Nick, Bearsready, and Berry’s Pride.
Pola's Place goes wire-to-wire in Queen
Pola's Place went wire-to-wire to take the $50,000 Queen Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Victorianna. Just for Keeps was a head back in third.
Ridden by Thomas Pompell, Pola's Place went straight to the lead and never looked back. The 5-year-old daughter of Out of Place came into the Queen off a 7 1/4-length victory in a Feb. 16 allowance/optional claiming race at Turfway for trainer David Pate and owner John O'Meara.
"I was told to let her break, and there was really nothing that could go with her if she did," said Pompell. "She relaxed very nicely and just kept on going. She's a very nice filly to ride."
Pola's Place paid $15.60, $8.40, and $5.20. Final time for the six furlongs for fillies and mares was 1:10.37.
The order of finish in the Queen: Pola's Place, Victorianna, Just for Keeps, Initforthekandy, Spanish Ghost, Saint Pegasus, Gem Sleuth, Fan Time, Chatham, and Delicate Cat.
Attendance on a very chilly Northern Kentucky day was 18,680. All-sources handle on the day's races was $9,805,862.39, more than $300,000 ahead of last year.
Turfway is closed Easter Sunday. Racing resumes Wednesday, March 26, with first post at 1:10pm.