Saturday, January 29, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 29, 2011 – When Tend powered past Cool Bullet at Turfway Park Saturday he not only won the $50,000 Forego Stakes but also capped a four-win day at the Northern Kentucky track for owners Billy, Donna, and Justin Hays and trainer Tony Scott.
The Hayses and Scott also won the first race with Tie, the fourth race with Scilly, and the fifth race with Zonga Zing, all claiming events.
Veteran jockey Perry Ouzts was aboard for the Forego. Breaking from post seven, Tend started out a close fourth while Disco Troop, swapping the lead with Cool Bullet, set the first quarter in a quick :22.49. As Cool Bullet marked the half in :45.94, Tend made his move on the outside and then drove by to take a short lead coming into the stretch. Tend hit the wire 1 3/4 lengths ahead of Cool Bullet, who was an equal distance ahead of Bee Line's Edge in third.
Final time for the 6 1/2 furlong Forego was 1:18.79.
Winning jockey Perry Ouzts summed up the ride with typical matter-of-factness: "He broke good, placed me in a good position, and when I asked him to go, he went."
Scott gave his jockey more credit than Ouzts would take for himself. "It was an excellent ride," the trainer said. "Perry knows the horse very well, and it was all in his hands."
Grand Daddy completed the Superfecta, followed by Parioli's Trick, Harlan Street, Diferentkindagreat, Silver Summation, Baba Booey, Golden Country, Disco Troop, and Get Rich Quick.
Cool Bullet went off the 8-5 favorite. Tend paid $8.60, $3.80, and $3.20 as the 3-1 second choice.
The Hayses have built their successful stable on judicious claims, Tend among them. The Dynaformer gelding, now six years old, was claimed four races back for $80,000 from an October optional claiming race at Keeneland. Tend has earned $44,930 in three races for the Hayses since the claim. His lifetime earnings stand at $361,917 and his record includes eight wins, four seconds, and seven thirds in 27 career starts.
Racing continues Sunday at Turfway, with first post at 1:10 p.m.