Saturday, January 21, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2012 – Lotta Lovin got a perfect start and a perfect trip to win the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, drawing away unchallenged to win by seven lengths over A. P. Diva. Sweetnessngoodness was third, another 1 1/4 lengths back.
Lotta Lovin's easy win bodes well for the future that trainer Mike Maker has mapped for her. After her wins in the Gowell Stakes Dec. 26 and now the Cincinnati Trophy, Maker confirmed that he will try to sweep Turfway's stakes series for young fillies and point her first toward the Valdale Stakes on Feb. 25 and then the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks on the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes undercard on March 24. Both of those races cover a mile. The Valdale will be Lotta Lovin's first attempts at two turns, but Maker has confidence in her ability to handle the added distance.
"I'm not concerned about stretching her out," Maker said by phone. "I've always felt she wanted to go long."
Sweetnessngoodness got the first jump on the Cincinnati Trophy field but A. P. Diva was up in a hurry to take the lead, setting the first quarter in :22.65 and the half-mile in :45.96 as Sweetnessngoodness, just a head back, pushed her along. As those two went at it up front, jockey Victor Lebron settled Lotta Lovin a length or two behind in third and bided his time. Lotta Lovin took over from A. P. Diva coming into the stretch and drew off with plenty left to give, finishing the 6 1/2 furlong race in a comfortable 1:17.99.
"Last time (in the Gowell Stakes), we had a little problem breaking and she was a step slow (after breaking through the gate before the start)," Lebron said. "This time she broke perfectly. They had a couple of speed horses in there and I let them go and just took a light hold. She ran a great race last time, so I thought I'd give her the same trip today. Those two up front were going head-to-head so I just took it easy and waited as much as I could."
Finishing fourth and following were Flashy Lassie, Cozze Up Lady, Piskacha, Southern Bling, Make a Toast, Poor Boy's Passion, and Nava.
Lotta Lovin was the bettors’ top choice at 2-1 and paid $6, $3.40, and $2.60.
By Repent out of Passionate Terri, by Unzipped, Lotta Lovin was bred in Pennsylvania by Horses of Course Inc. and is owned by William Butler. She has four wins in nine starts and earnings of $105,303.
Racing continues at Turfway Sunday with a 1:10 p.m. post.