Thursday, January 20, 2005 12:00 AM
Winning Colors Handicap set for Sunday
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 20, 2005 . . . If it’s wintertime at Turfway Park and trainer Greg Foley has a horse in a stakes race, the horse is worth a look. In this case, the race is the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy and the horse is Brett’s Favrette. The three-year-old filly lines up with eight others, including stakes winners, to cover the 6 1/2-furlong course this Saturday at Turfway.
Foley ruled the winter stakes at Turfway in 2003 with Champali and 2004 with Silver Minister. He has had multiple winners on one night twice since the turn of the year, most recently last Saturday when he won the Wishing Well Stakes and two other races.
Named for Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, Brett’s Favrette brings just one race to the Cincinnati Trophy, a maiden special weight win on January 1 at Turfway. She closed steadily in that effort to win by 1 3/4 lengths. Rafael Mojica, Jr. picks up the mount from leading rider Dean Sarvis.
Sarvis elected to ride Im a Dixie Girl, winner of the Pepsi Bassinet Stakes at River Downs last summer. Her best effort since was a runner-up finish, but that was in the Grade 3 Astarita at Belmont. Im a Dixie Girl was third in the six-furlong Gowell Stakes in December and may find her comfort zone again here with a half-furlong more to run. Bernard Flint trains.
Flint also enters Angel Trumpet, who won the Gowell despite depriving her jockey of his stirrups with a jump at the start. In the money seven of eight times as a two-year-old, she appears to have maintained her early promise. She likes the lead but hasn’t been past six furlongs since her third race, a second-place finish in Ellis Park’s seven-furlong Fisher Debutante back in August. Chad Murphy rides. Flint’s entries will not be coupled.
Quite a Ruckus broke her maiden in the My Dear Stakes last July and followed with a second against males in the Colin Stakes, both at Woodbine. With two off-the-board efforts between long layoffs since then, she is looking for her early form. Ramsey Zimmerman rides for trainer Jamie Fox.
Completing the field, with riders named, are Lady Lola (Chris Herrell), who closed well to finish fourth in the Gowell; Smart Voyager (Joe Deegan), a closer who comes from far back; Flexible Princess (James Lopez) and Lucky Obed (Mathieu Adam), both likely to show early speed; and Devious Cat (Billy Patin), still a maiden.
Also on the schedule this weekend is Sunday’s $35,000 Winning Colors, an overnight handicap for fillies and mares four years old and up. Nominations to watch are the stakes-placed Mariaworth and Plumlake Lady and Flint’s Tempus Fugit, fifth in the $75,000 New Year’s Eve Stakes at Mountaineer. Entries will be drawn Friday.
First post both Saturday and Sunday is 1:10 p.m.