Thursday, January 18, 2007 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . January 18, 2007 . . . Longshot Miss A. Bomb defeated odds-on favorite Over the Edge by a neck in the Gowell Stakes in December, a result that stood despite a bumping incident in the turn. Over the Edge gets a chance to avenge that narrow loss this Saturday at Turfway Park when the two fillies line up for the $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes.
Ten three-year-old fillies are entered for the 6 1/2 furlong race, a prep for the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup (G3) on the Lane's End Stakes undercard in March.
The Cincinnati Trophy will be just the third career start for Over the Edge, who won at Churchill Downs in her first career start before finishing second in the Gowell. She has been working well over Polytrack at Keeneland for trainer George "Rusty" Arnold II. Jockey Miguel Mena will ride, likely bringing her from off the pace to bid for the win.
Including the Gowell, Miss A. Bomb has two wins and a second at Turfway for trainer Grant Hofmans, all at sprint distances. She also can sit just off the pace, often a successful strategy at Turfway, and twice this month has posted the fastest work of the day at Trackside training center in Louisville. Orlando Mojica was aboard for the Gowell and is back to ride Saturday.
The two likely will be chasing Justin Vitek aboard Miss Holiday Inn, who set a blistering pace in the Gowell before fading to last, and Thunder and Belle, with jockey Bill Troilo to ride.
Also in for the Cincinnati Trophy are She's Impossible (jockey Julien Leparoux), fifth in the Gowell; Rivanna River (Hector Rosario Jr.), who had two Polytrack wins at Woodbine before going over her head in the Demoiselle (G2) at Aqueduct; Our Dancing Babe (Rodney Prescott), jumping in off a maiden win; the closer Cee Stone (Dean Butler), coming in off two straight wins; Richwood Gold (Victor Lebron); and Deirdre (Alonso Quinonez), off since July, when she ran a distant fourth to eventual Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Dreaming of Anna.
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. Admission and parking are free.