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Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:15 PM
  • Spiral Stakes

DRF Bets Bourbonette Oaks Gate Likely Full

March 13, 2018 (FLORENCE, Ky.) – Trainer Mike Maker will try for his third straight win in Turfway Park’s Kentucky Derby points race and his fifth overall when he sends out Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Cash Call Kitten in the Jeff Ruby Steaks. The homebred son of the Ramseys’ sensational stallion Kitten’s Joy is two-for-two on the Gulfstream Park turf, including a win last month in the Sage of Monticello Stakes.

“He’s an improving colt and I’m looking forward to a mile-and-an-eighth with him,” Maker said. “It took him a while to come around but he’s putting it all together now.”

Tyler Gaffalione, third at the current Gulfstream Park meet, will have the mount.

Maker and the Ramseys have won this race with Kitten’s Joy progeny twice before: in 2016 with eventual multiple graded stakes winner Oscar Nominated and in 2010 with Dean’s Kitten. The first of Maker’s four wins in the race came in 2006 with With a City for Ron Peltz and he won last year’s running with Fast and Accurate for Kendall Hansen.

While Maker has dominated the Turfway Park standings in recent years, trainer Jonathan Wong will be saddling his first Turfway runner when he sends out Mugaritz for VIP Farms in the Jeff Ruby Steaks. Trained by Simon Callaghan for his first two starts, both claiming events on dirt, Mugaritz moved to Wong’s barn at Golden Gate for his third start and his first on an all-weather surface. After Mugaritz dominated that race by six lengths, Wong moved him up to stakes competition. He was second in the California Derby (listed) in his second start for Wong and fourth in his most recent effort, the El Camino Real Derby (listed).

"He's doing great right now,” Wong said. “He might have made his move too soon in [the El Camino Real]. We've been working with him to rate in the mornings and he's catching on to that. With this race being on synthetic, it made sense to give it a try. After that, we'll see—maybe the Illinois Derby. He's not Triple Crown nominated."

Mugaritz worked last Saturday at Golden Gate, going four furlongs handily in 1:01.40, and will leave California Wednesday morning for the trip to Turfway.

“It took 10 hours to get here, so we’re not here for second or third. We want him to win,” said Jonathan Ferriday, assistant to trainer Michael Dickinson, of Jeff Ruby Steaks candidate Archaggelos. The colt shipped to Turfway from Dickinson’s Tapeta Farm in Maryland last Tuesday and has been training steadily over the track. Ferriday will send him out again Wednesday morning around 8:30 a.m.

“He’s based on the farm, so being in the barn is different for him, but he’s acclimating well, training well and eating well,” said Ferriday.

The team is looking for a big effort from the Grey Stakes (G3) winner. “When he won the Grey he came from off the pace, but he can do what we want him to do,” Ferriday continued. “He’s a fairly laid back little horse but he’s not afraid. If there’s a gap, even if it’s a small gap, he’ll go through it. He’s very professional.”

To prepare for his expected start in the Jeff Ruby Steaks, Zanesville arrived at Turfway two weeks ago and has breezed twice over the surface, most recently this morning when he posted four furlongs in :47.60, best of 15 at the distance. The Tiznow colt is trained by Tom Amoss for Rosemont Farm. He has two wins in five starts, including a 7 1/2-length allowance score last out at Delta Downs. All of his starts have come over dirt.

“We shipped him early to get him accustomed to the track,” said Amoss. “We’re mostly concerned with the surface. This will be his first time on it and he’s facing much tougher competition this time out. The work this morning was pleasing.”

Zanesville will walk the shedrow Wednesday and return to the track Thursday and Friday. He’ll also school in the gate Friday.

Full Gate Expected for DRF Bets Bourbonette Oaks

Maker will be heavily represented in the undercard stakes, including three in the Bourbonette Oaks (G3), part of the Road to the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series and this year sponsored by DRF Bets. The trio is led by Go Noni Go, a well-seasoned Get Stormy filly with two wins on turf. Also probable are Beach Waltz, a turf stakes winner at Gulfstream Park last out, and Queen’s Fate, an Ontario-bred whose name suggests dreams of Canada’s most prestigious race.

“Queen’s Fate is more of a closer and the other two can be placed wherever they’re needed,” Maker said.

Mark Casse, who hopes to make the Jeff Ruby field with Dreamer’s Point, will send out Mo Flash in the Bourbonette. Mo Flash broke her maiden in a mile race on the Aqueduct dirt in her sixth and most recent start after solid performances on both turf and all-weather. In her only start on the all-weather surface at Woodbine, she was second in a sprint, beaten just a length.

“She's got previous synthetic experience at Woodbine,” Casse said, “so I figured she will like it at Turfway. Her last race was a really solid effort. She's run well on everything, so we'll have options for her after this race."

Among several from his barn in the undercard stakes, Kenny McPeek will send out Classy Music in the Bourbonette. The filly broke her maiden in her second start, drawing off to win by 4 3/4 lengths at Ellis Park despite stumbling at the start in a race taken off the turf. In her most recent start she was third in a Keeneland allowance, also on the dirt. Classy Music’s last breeze came March 2 at Payson Park, four furlongs in :48.80.

"She's got some talent and it appears she wants to go longer,” said McPeek. “She's really training up to this race in top form. We've had a nice steady work pattern with her."

Twelve may start in the Bourbonette Oaks, with two also-eligibles. In order of preference, those expected to enter are:



In the Mood

Stephen Sandy

Beach Waltz

Michael Maker

Bet She Wins

Chris Block


Patrick Gallagher

Go Noni Go

Michael Maker


Edward Coletti Jr.

Mo Flash

Mark Casse


Scott Lake

Queen's Fate

Michael Maker

Classy Music

Kenneth McPeek

Mauk's Tuff

William Mauk

La Dama

Luis Jurado

My Dark Secret

Helen Pitts-Blasi

Secret Message

Brian Michael

Hey Negrita

Marshall Godsey

The first of 12 races on Saturday’s card is set for 1:10 p.m. ET. The day’s five stakes begin with the Latonia Stakes at 3:33 p.m. The Bourbonette is the ninth race, at 5:14 p.m., and the Jeff Ruby Steaks is the 10th, at 6 p.m.


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