Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:00 AM
Pure Fun favored in Bourbonette Oaks
FLORENCE, Ky., Mar. 20, 2013 – Entries for the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park this Saturday were drawn Wednesday at the home of the race's title sponsor. The draw brought no surprises, with all reported probables entering.
Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia marked Uncaptured the 3-1 favorite in a well-matched field of 12. The colt comes in off two straight stakes wins and a six-for-seven record as a 2-year-old, but the Spiral will be his first start since November. After a graduated series of shorter breezes, trainer Mark Casse sent him out for a one-mile breeze over the all-weather surface at the Ocala Training Center on March 12, which he completed in good order in 1:40 flat.
Results of the Spiral Stakes draw:
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Morning Line
1 Balance the Books Chad Brown Julien Leparoux 7-2
2 Channel Isle D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 15-1
3 Uncaptured Mark Casse Miguel Mena 3-1
4 Fear the Kitten Michael Maker Rosie Napravnik 15-1
5 My Name is Michael Bill Mott Joel Rosario 10-1
6 For Greater Glory Steve Hobby Robby Albarado 20-1
7 Mac the Man Jeff Greenhill Norberto Arroyo Jr. 10-1
8 General Election Kellyn Gorder Albin Jimenez 12-1
9 Black Onyx Kelly Breen Joe Bravo 10-1
10 Giant Finish Tony Dutrow Jose Espinoza 15-1
11 Taken by the Storm Ken McPeek Alan Garcia 12-1
12 Capo Bastone Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 9-2
(In an earlier release, the jockey for Giant Finish was incorrectly reported as Victor Espinoza.)
Post positions for the $100,000 Fathead Bourbonette Oaks (G3) also were drawn at Wednesday’s event, held at Jack Binion Steak inside Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati. Heavily favored on Battaglia's morning line is Ken McPeek's standout trainee Pure Fun at 8-5.
Like the Spiral Stakes favorite, Pure Fun comes in off two straight wins, most recently the Hollywood Starlet (G1). And as for Uncaptured in the Spiral, the Bourbonette Oaks will be the first start of 2013 for Pure Fun, who raced eight times as a 2-year-old, winning three and finishing second once and third once.
"I normally stop on all my 2-year-olds turning 3 and give them a four- to six-week break," said McPeek. "It's a really good program to give them a little time. Pure Fun had really traveled all around and run a lot of races. She has come back really well and fired a couple of bullets in the morning working with Frac Daddy. All systems are go for Saturday.”
McPeek said he may consider giving Pure Fun one more start after the Bourbonette in preparation for the May 3 Kentucky Oaks (G1).
"It depends on the Kentucky Oaks points standings," he said. "If needed, I could bring her back in the Ashland or the Fantasy."
Garrett Gomez, who rode Pure Fun to victory in the Hollywood Starlet, will be back in the saddle for the Bourbonette.
Results for the Fathead Bourbonette Oaks draw:
Post Horse Trainer Jockey Morning Line
1 Street of Gold Eric Reed Ben Creed 30-1
2 Marathon Lady Steve Hobby Robby Albarado 12-1
3 Miss Squeal George Arnold II Alan Garcia 12-1
4 Le Fascinator Graham Motion Joel Rosario 6-1
5 Pure Fun Ken McPeek Garrett Gomez 8-5
6 Always Kitten Michael Maker Rosie Napravnik 20-1
7 Anahauc Bernard Flint Miguel Mena 20-1
8 Corporate Culture Chad Brown Julien Leparoux 10-1
9 Martha’s Moon John Servis Joe Bravo 10-1
10 Broken Spell D. Wayne Lukas Jon Court 8-1
11 Silsita Todd Pletcher John Velazquez 6-1
12 Awesome Mama Shannon Ritter Norberto Arroyo Jr. 10-1
The 1 1/8-mile Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes offers 50 Kentucky Derby qualifying points to the winner, 20 to the runner-up, 10 to third place, and five to fourth place. The one-mile Fathead Bourbonette Oaks, a points race for the Kentucky Oaks, offers the same points to its top four finishers.
The Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes is the 10th of 12 races on Saturday's card. The Fathead Bourbonette Oaks goes off one race earlier.