Thursday, January 21, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 21, 2010 . . . Golden Country returns to Turfway Park Saturday for the 27th running of the Forego Stakes and a shot at his second straight stakes win. The $50,000 Forego, for horses four and up going 6 1/2 furlongs, has drawn a field of seven.
A five-year-old son of Menifee, Golden Country comes in to the Forego off a win in the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway on December 26, a victory he snatched at the wire in a four-way photo finish. He likely will be closer to the pace than he was in the Holiday Cheer, when he broke slowly. Golden Country has been racing well of late; in his last three starts he posted a win and a third on the dirt at Churchill and the Holiday Cheer win on Turfway's Polytrack. He has a 1-1-2 record in five starts on all-weather surfaces, four of them at Turfway. Dean Mernagh has the mount in the Forego for trainer Tom Bergin, replacing Orlando Mojica.
Flavor was fourth in the Holiday Cheer but beaten just half a length after coming five wide into the stretch and briefly taking the lead. That defeat was his first after four consecutive sprint wins on dirt or Polytrack, and like Golden Country he was positioned farther back than usual in that race. His wins have come after racing on the lead or close to it. Trained by Joe Woodard, Flavor has three wins and a second on all-weather surfaces in six tries. Rex Stokes rides, replacing Yuri Yaranga.
The field for the Forego from the rail out: Grand Daddy, one-for-one at Turfway and a dedicated closer (jockey Rodney Prescott); Flavor; Forestry Gold (Tony Farina); Golden Country; Godolphin Gray, making his first start in two months but posting bullet works over Highpoint's Polytrack (John McKee); Matty’s Trail, also two months off his last race (Ben Creed); and Jerry Barry Jack, likely the early speed (Nathan Solomon).
The Forego is the 10th of 11 races on Saturday's card. First post is 1:10pm.