Saturday, February 13, 2010 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . February 13, 2010 . . . On a day when speed was holding, Forest Attack sat just off a quick pace before taking the $50,000 Dust Commander Stakes at Turfway Park by 4 lengths. Tom Pompell was aboard for the winning ride, clocked in 1:37.91 for the mile over Polytrack. The win was the first stakes victory for Forest Attack.
"He broke pretty good and I grabbed hold of him, but then he grabbed hold of me and kind of dragged me up there," said Pompell. "I thought we might have been going a little too quick, so that's why I tried to settle him as long as I could. [Trainer Mike Maker] just told me that I knew the horse and to just run the race."
Behind the winner, Golden Country, Tend, and Solo Cat finished in that order, a head and a head apart in a three-way photo.
Racing inside, Forest Attack followed a :23.83 quarter set by Timbucto and a :46.93 half set by Flavor before taking the lead just past the three-eighths pole. Golden Country raced a close fifth through half before advancing on the final turn. Tend was seventh in the field of 10 entering the final turn, while Solo Cat raced in ninth down the backstretch before closing to finish fourth.
Fifth and following were Timbucto, Motown Shuffle, Matty's Trail, Cherokee Triangle, the 2-1 favorite Flavor, and Double Pittsburgh.
Sent off the 9-2 third choice, Forest Attack paid $11.40, $5.80, and $4.00.
Sired by Forestry, Forest Attack is a 6-year-old horse out of the Brazilian mare Joy Valley, a daughter of French sire Ghadeer. He was bred in Kentucky by Aaron Jones and Marie Jones and is owned by Rose Barney’s Scarlet Stable. His record stands at six wins and six seconds from 17 career starts and lifetime earnings of $140,789.
The trophy was presented by Mike Manganello, who rode Dust Commander to win the Kentucky Derby in 1970.