Friday, January 15, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 15, 2010 . . . The journey to the Bourbonette Oaks, and thence to the Kentucky Oaks, will move 6 1/2 furlongs forward at Turfway Park this Saturday, when 10 three-year-old fillies are entered for the 28th running of the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes.
Cactus Cadillac is among the most experienced fillies entered for the Cincinnati Trophy, with two wins, a second, and two thirds in eight starts as a two-year-old. She is based at Turfway with trainer David Pate and posted back-to-back bullet works this month, most recently a three-furlong breeze in :34.00 on Tuesday. She broke her maiden on the turf at Churchill Downs in November and comes in to the Cincinnati Trophy off her second win, an optional allowance going a mile at Turfway last month. Cactus Cadillac has closed from mid-pack or farther back to hit the board but does her best running when she stays within easy reach of the leaders. Apprentice Ben Creed, leading rider of the holiday meet, will ride.
Henry's Posse comes in to the Cincinnati Trophy off a runner-up finish in Turfway's Gowell Stakes in late December, when she was beaten less than two lengths. She has been on or near the lead in each of her three best finishes, the first a maiden special win at Pimlico in her debut and the others her two most recent races, seconds on Polytrack in an allowance at Woodbine and the Gowell. John McKee, currently tied for the lead in the rider standings, will be aboard for trainer Mark Hubley.
Helen Belen has two wins in two starts, both at Turfway and both at the Cincinnati Trophy distance. She came from off the pace in her maiden win, a $30,000 claiming race, and maintained a short lead under some pressure in her most recent race, an optional claimer in which she was not entered for a tag. She trains on the all-weather surface at Highpoint Training Center in LaGrange. Tom Pompell, who is closing in on 2,000 career wins and joins McKee atop the rider standings, has been aboard for both her starts and will be back up again Saturday for trainer William Denzik Jr.
The field for the Cincinnati Trophy from the rail out: Nurse Donna (jockey Fernando De La Cruz); Henry's Posse; Nautical Nonsense (Tony Farina); Helen Belen; Wildcat Dreamer (Sal Gonzalez Jr.); Dragonville (Dean Mernagh); Know and Trust (Rex Stokes III); Singandprayfurrhen (Rodney Prescott); Cactus Cadillac; and Backtoblack (Victor Carrero).
The Cincinnati Trophy Stakes and the Valdale Stakes, the latter set for February 20, both prepare three-year-old fillies for the Bourbonette Oaks (G3), one of five stakes on the Lane's End Stakes undercard on March 27. The Bourbonette Oaks is in turn a prep for the Kentucky Oaks, the filly counterpart to the Kentucky Derby.
The Cincinnati Trophy is the 10th of 11 races on Saturday's card at Turfway. First post is 1:10pm.