Wednesday, January 26, 2005 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 26, 2006 . . . Saintly Look won the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway Park last month at odds of 12-1. Given his decisive win in that race, his odds will likely be shorter this Saturday, when he faces nine rivals in the $50,000 Forego Stakes. With Rafael Mojica Jr. back in the irons, a win in the Forego would give the six-year-old horse his third victory in a row and back-to-back stakes wins.
Saintly Look won the Holiday Cheer by closing on the leader, a style trainer Jeff Talley spent several months teaching him. Early speed has fared well at Turfway in recent days, however, and may benefit Patrol, a newcomer to Turfway from the barn of Michael Dickinson.
A turf specialist, Patrol has been training over Turfway’s Polytrack since early January. He comes to the Forego off a third-place finish in the Laurel Turf Cup in November 2005—his first race in a year. Although Patrol has not won a race since the Dallas Turf Cup in 2003, Dickinson is well known for bringing horses back in top form off improbably long layoffs—think A Huevo and Da Hoss—so the only question may be whether Patrol likes the Forego’s 6 1/2-furlong distance. In 15 career starts he has six wins, all at a mile or longer and all on turf. Patrol will be ridden by Turfway’s leading rider, apprentice Julien Leparoux, whose 36 wins are 20 more than his nearest competitor.
The veteran campaigner Private Horde will be back in the Forego, with Jason Lumpkins to ride for trainer Joe Cain. Although he hasn’t had a win since May of last year, he has missed the money at Turfway only once in 15 tries, including his last effort when he finished third behind Saintly Look in the Holiday Cheer.
Also entered in the Forego are Yucatan (jockey Gregory Schaefer); City Rapid (Hector Rosario Jr.); Paging (Eddie Martin Jr.); Esprit Du Roi (Godofredo Laurente); Doc D (Willie Martinez); Bavarian Prince (Rodney Prescott); and Eyeforglory (Perry Ouzts).
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