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Tough competition in Forego Stakes

Thursday, January 25, 2007 12:00 AM
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FLORENCE, KY . . . January 25, 2007 . . . Straight Line will try for his second straight stakes win Saturday in the $50,000 Forego Stakes at Turfway Park, but the competition promises to be stiff.

Leading the opposition is Will He Shine, a lightly raced five-year-old from the barn of trainer Dale Romans. Will He Shine has four wins in seven career starts and has never missed the money. In his most recent race, the Grade III Gravesend at Aqueduct, he was beaten just a length to finish third behind grade I winner Bishop Court Hill. Since then Will He Shine has posted two bullet works at Churchill's Trackside training center. He can take the lead if nobody else wants it or will rate if asked, leaving Polytrack the only unanswered question. He gets the benefit of leading rider Miguel Mena in his Polytrack debut.

Twice a grade III winner at Churchill Downs, Straight Line also has two wins on Polytrack, one the Holiday Cheer Stakes at Turfway in December and the other a strong optional allowance at Keeneland last fall. He can win on the lead or will come from off the pace but appreciates a clean trip. With Eclipse Award winner Julien Leparoux in the irons, Straight Line should get what he needs. Harvey Vanier trains.

Six-year-old Yucatan won the Forego last year and since then has raced almost exclusively, and very competitively, in stakes company. In 14 starts last year he won four times, including three stakes on turf or dirt, and was second or third seven times. Rafael Mojica Jr. rides for trainer Leroy Simon.

Rebecca Maker sends Buddy Got Even for his first stakes appearance, with apprentice Alonso Quinonez to ride. Buddy Got Even was two-for-four last year and won his only start this year, each time with a long, late run. He has three Polytrack wins, two at Keeneland and one at Turfway, and has been in the money in five of seven career starts.

Four-year-olds and up compete in the 6 1/2 furlong Forego. Completing the eight-horse field are Eyeforglory (jockey Bill Troilo), five-for-nine at Turfway and a winner last out; King of Speed (Charlie Woods Jr.); the 10-year-old multiple-graded stakes winner Twilight Road (Phil Teator); and Outrageouslyfunny (Juan Enriquez).

First post on Saturday at Turfway is 1:10 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

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