Wednesday, March 23, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 23, 2011 – As expected, an even dozen three-year-olds were entered for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park this Saturday, with Positive Response the 3-1 favorite on Mike Battaglia's morning line.
The field for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes in post position order with morning line odds:
Post, Horse, Trainer, Jockey, ML Odds
1, Preachintothedevil, Gary Contessa, Junior Alvarado, 15-1
2, Positive Response, William E. Morey, Julien Couton, 3-1
3, Thirtyfirststreet, Doug O'Neill, Kendrick Carmouche, 12-1
4, Animal Kingdom, H. Graham Motion, Alan Garcia, 5-1
5, Son of Posse, Rhiannan Vitiello, Rafael Mojica Jr., 50-1
6, Rescind the Trade, Richard Violette Jr., Jose Valdivia Jr., 12-1
7, Beachcombing, Chad Brown, Leandro Gonçalves, 12-1
8, King Congie, Thomas Albertrani, Javier Castellano, 4-1
9, Taptowne, Wayne Mogge, Rodney Prescott, 20-1
10, Decisive Moment, Juan D. Arias, Kerwin Clark, 5-1
11, Twinspired, Michael Maker, Victor Lebron, 10-1
12, Glint, Kellyn Gorder, Gabriel Saez, 10-1
The Spiral Stakes debuted in 1972, with the name meant to capture the vision of the late John Battaglia for a Kentucky Derby prep race at what was then Latonia. Battaglia was the track's general manager at the time; his son Mike Battaglia is Turfway Park’s track announcer and oddsmaker.
Mike has been calling races for 38 years and has set the morning line for the Kentucky Derby since 1975. As he prepared to set the morning line for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes at this evening's reception, he noted what the race has meant to him personally.
"I'm so proud of what my father accomplished with this race," Mike said. "He intended this race to move horses forward, from here to other races, like the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland, in preparation for the Derby. It's hard to believe it's been 40 years."
The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes will run as the 10th race Saturday at approximately 5:31 p.m. ET. First post is 1:10 p.m. ET. Gates open at 9:30 a.m. to accommodate races from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, including the Dubai World Cup.