Thursday, March 22, 2012 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., March 22, 2012 – The gate will be full for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway on Saturday, with an even dozen set to go in the 1 1/8-mile prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The Spiral Stakes picked up its final contender in All Squared Away, trained by Peter Miller.
All Squared Away bounced back from a seventh-place finish in the El Camino Real Derby (G3) to beat older horses in his next start, a 1 1/16-mile starter allowance at Santa Anita. Miller had been considering the Spiral Stakes, and that effort, a previous win over Golden Gate's all-weather surface, and the tendency of the Spiral Stakes to uncover blossoming stars convinced him to ship the gelding from California to Kentucky. Only one question remained: would the horse tell him he was ready?
"He has tactical speed, and we know he likes the synthetics," said Miller. "It looks like a wide-open race, and we fit by all the sheet numbers. And it has that big purse. But first I wanted to get on him myself to see if he was ready. I galloped him myself yesterday and he was full of energy and strength."
All Squared Away is expected to arrive at Turfway around 6 p.m. Thursday.
The field for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes follows, with Mike Battaglia's morning line still to come. All horses will carry 123 pounds.
Post | Horse | Trainer | Jockey
1 | Russian Greek | Jerry Hollendorfer | Corey Nakatani
2 | Red Jack | D. Wayne Lukas | Marcelino Pedroza Jr.
3 | Heavy Breathing | Todd Pletcher | Javier Castellano
4 | Went the Day Well | H. Graham Motion | John Velazquez
5 | Holiday Promise | Todd Pletcher | Junior Alvarado
6 | All Squared Away | Peter Miller | Luis Contreras
7 | Ill Conceived | John Servis | Stewart Elliott
8 | Coach Royal | Justin Sallusto | Fernando Jara
9 | Tizanexpense | Michael Maker | Victor Lebron
10 | Mr. Prankster | Michael Maker | Rose Napravnik
11 | Stealcase | Mark Casse | Rajiv Maragh
12 | Handsome Mike | Doug O’Neill | Joel Rosario
The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes is the 10th of 12 races on Saturday's card. First post is 1:10 p.m. Post time for the Spiral Stakes is 5:45 p.m.
Both the Spiral Stakes and the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks will be carried live on NBC Sports Network as part of the Road to the Kentucky Derby series.