Thursday, February 5, 2009 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 5, 2009 . . . The field for the rescheduled $50,000 WEBN Stakes this Saturday grew to 12 when entries were retaken Wednesday, and additional early speed adds new possibilities to the mile contest for three-year-olds.
Bill Hembrecht trainee Music City, who thoroughly dominated the two most recent of his three career starts, should be right out front. He won his last race, a mile allowance at Turfway, by five lengths and was never challenged.
Music City likely will be pressed by Azicharmyou, who has an equally dominating maiden special win and a second at Turfway for trainer Larry Holt but has yet to try two turns.
Platinum Van couldn't maintain his speed until his last race, a maiden special mile at Turfway that he won by 1 1/2 lengths. Whether he can do so again in stakes company for trainer Ed Frederick remains a question, but his participation conceivably puts three on the front end early and opens the door wider for a closer such as Parade Clown, Babamoon, or Toccet Rocket.
Parade Clown broke his maiden at 1 1/6 miles and has the advantage of having done so over Turfway’s Polytrack. He most recently was second to Music City in the aforementioned Turfway mile allowance. Toccet Rocket was fourth in the same race in his most recent start. Two starts back he broke his maiden at 1 1/6 miles at Hawthorne. Babamoon comes in off a mile-plus allowance win at Mountaineer.
The WEBN Stakes field from the rail out: Dynamite Bob (jockey Manfredi Guzman); Babamoon (Julio Felix); Toccet Rocket (Tom Pompell); Scrimpy (Dean Mernagh); Dixiessaltshaker (Fernando De La Cruz): Sirius Black (Inosencio Diego); Music City (Otto Thorwarth); Sundays Baby Grand (Eddie Zuniga); Parade Clown (Bill Troilo); Platinum Van (meet leader Victor Lebron); Azicharmyou (Rodney Prescott); and Our Bonanza (Jose Calo).
The WEBN Stakes, the second of two local preps for the Lane's End Stakes, was rescheduled after Turfway canceled racing last Saturday and is the 11th of 12 races on this Saturday’s card.
Gate full for Likely Exchange
One race earlier, a full field of older fillies and mares will contest the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes, also at a mile.
Unspoken Word was 10th in Turfway’s Holiday Inaugural Stakes after moving to Kentucky from California, but she came back after six weeks off and led at every call to win a mile optional allowance here. She gets the advantage of Lebron in the irons for leading trainer Mike Maker.
Mrs Petoski has four wins and two seconds from eight starts on all-weather surfaces and trains extremely well at Turfway, but she breaks from the outside post Saturday. Rex Stokes III rides for William Hall.
Lauren's Tizzy was third in December's My Charmer Stakes in her first start at Turfway and next was a well-beaten runner-up here to Unspoken Word. She is consistent and likes to run long. Otto Thorwarth rides for Helen Pitts-Blasi.
Additional speed is likely from Wellington Avenue, who set the pace but finished third in a first level allowance at Turfway last month, her third career start and her first in two months. Two starts back she broke her maiden by 12 1/4 lengths in a maiden special for Indiana-breds on a sealed sloppy track at Hoosier. Fernando De La Cruz is aboard for trainer Stephen Dunn.
Completing the Likely Exchange field are Lady Seattle (jockey Diego Rodriguez); Inny (John McKee); Indy’s Windy (Leandro Gonçalves); Bitter Lemon (Tom Pompell); Silver Moonshine (Rafael Hernandez); Solarana (ARG) (Rodney Prescott); Rinterval (IRE), making her first start in the U.S. (Julio Felix); and Wellofaprize (Orlando Mojica).
First post Saturday is 1:10pm.