Saturday, December 10, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 10, 2005 . . . The My Charmer Stakes at Turfway Park got two lines in the record book Saturday, as the track carded two divisions of the race for the first time since 1985. Patience paid off twice in the 1 1/16 mile race for fillies and mares, with one winner coming up the outside and the other slipping through on the rail.
In the first division, Eyes on Eddy settled into fifth to wait out a three-way battle up front among Dowry, Winning Season, and Malaysia. Miss Wellspring joined in and took the lead when Dowry dropped back after three-quarters, but Eyes for Eddy was already moving. Winning rider Jesus Castanon urged her to the outside and the three-year-old filly swept past to win by 7 1/4 lengths. Malaysia stayed in for second, 1 1/2 lengths ahead of Miss Wellspring.
“She broke sharp and I took hold of her to sit right off the pace a little bit. I knew about the half-mile it was time for me to find a spot. I knew she would give me a good kick,” said Castanon.
It was the second stakes win for Eyes on Eddy, who won the Sweetest Chant at Arlington in July. “We bought her as a yearling at Keeneland,” said Dennis Foster, co-owner with Rawleigh Ralls. “She was supposed to get her first start in June  as a two-year-old but she had a bad injury [during training] and almost died—she had hundreds of stitches. Since that time she’s been a little nervous. If she’s calm and you get her settled in, she runs her race really well. Randy Martin [assistant to trainer Paul McGee] does a fantastic job of schooling her. So today we expected a good race because she showed in the paddock that she was going to be serious. She’s not easy to manage but she’s got a ton of talent and as she matures she’s getting better.”
The 8-5 favorite, Eyes on Eddy finished the race in 1:48.19 and paid $5.40, $3.60, and $3.00. Completing the order of finish were Winning Season, Strike Me Lucky, Regale, Kristy Beethoven, Disturbing, Dowry, Arabian Spell, and Hold a Moonbeam, who was pulled up. Beat the Band and Marge S scratched.
In the second division, Tappin for Gold moved from eighth to fifth and then waited while Stavinsky’s Gal and Plumlake Lady went after the lead. Moving up the rail to take the lead with a furlong to go, Tappin for Gold heeded her rider’s urging and finished 2 3/4 lengths ahead of the fast-closing Lenatareese. Stavinsky’s Gal stayed in for third, 1 1/2 lengths back.
“[Trainer Brad Cox] wanted me to settle back a little bit,” said winning jockey Bill Troilo. “There was quite a bit of speed in the race, and she did settle nice. From the half-mile pole she moved up forwardly, and it was just a matter of trying to get some room turning for home. The inside horse looked like he wanted to drift out and he did, just enough for me to get through. I just needed a little bit of room because I had a lot of horse left. I opened up on the leaders but I could see [Lenatareese] on the far outside, and she was running pretty good, so I stayed after my filly.”
“She’ll do whatever you want her to do, and Troilo did a great job of letting her sit off of it,” said Cox. “This track looks like you need to lay off it a little bit and come with a run in the lane, and that’s exactly what he did. She showed she can compete with these kind of horses and hopefully
next year it’s on to bigger and better things.” Raced by Cox Thoroughbreds, Tappin for Gold added the My Charmer to an earlier stakes win, the Prairie Meadows Oaks in September.
Completing the order of finish were Plumlake Lady, Goodsprings, Moon Berry, Slew’s Sparkle, Gamble to Victory, Miss Elsie, and Modena Bay. Precocious Kat, Quiero Ganar, Smart N Smooth, and Sunny Disposition scratched.
Winning time for the second division was 1:48.82. Tappin for Gold paid $8.80, $4.40, and $3.80 as the third choice at 3.40 to 1.
Live racing resumes Sunday at Turfway, with first post at 1:10 p.m.