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Prairie Bayou repeat looks tough

Thursday, December 13, 2007 12:00 AM
  • General
FLORENCE, KY . . . December 13, 2007 . . . Sidcup will try to repeat in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park Saturday, but he has plenty of competition to fend off, including graded stakes winners Slew's Tizzy and Drilling for Oil. A full dozen are entered for the Prairie Bayou, run at 1 1/8 miles over Polytrack for horses three years old and up.

Sidcup finished fifth in a Keeneland turf allowance in mid-October two starts ago, his first race since the end of June. He produced a similar effort at Churchill Downs early last month, also finishing fifth. Saturday brings him back to Turfway’s Polytrack, where he has one win and one second in two starts, both stakes including last year’s Prairie Bayou. He performs well at the distance and posted a bullet work here last week. James Lopez rides for trainer Walt Binder Jr.

Slew's Tizzy posted back-to-back graded wins in the spring, the Lexington (G2) on Polytrack and the Lone Star Derby (G3), before finishing seventh in the Belmont Stakes (G1). The 3-year-old took a month off in the summer but has raced steadily otherwise, with three wins in 11 starts this year. He comes into the Prairie Bayou off consecutive third-place stakes finishes, one in the muddy mess that was Monmouth Park on Breeders' Cup weekend and the other on the turf at Churchill Downs last month. Larry Melancon comes in to ride for trainer Greg Fox.

The Prairie Bayou will be Drilling for Oil's first start since winning the Louisville Handicap (G3) on the turf in May. He led through most of that mile and a half and still had enough to win a stretch duel to seal the deal. A versatile son of the standout sire Giant's Causeway, Drilling for Oil also can lay off the pace or close, a benefit in a race with enough early speed to allow him options his first start back. Also in his corner is jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., who moved atop the rider standings earlier this week. Drilling for Oil is trained by Ken McPeek.

Kettle Hill comes in off a runner-up finish in a Churchill Downs allowance run at the distance over yielding turf. Three starts back he was a determined winner at Saratoga, also on the turf. Bill Troilo rides for trainer Ian Wilkes.

Also entered for the Prairie Bayou are Sahmmy Davis Jr (jockey Thomas Pompell), with three wins in his last four starts; Holding Court (IND) (Victor Lebron), making his fourth U. S. start since winning a turf stake in India; Self Made Man (Orlando Mojica), two for two at the distance including a recent win at Keeneland; Catman Running (John McKee), winner of the 2007 John Battaglia Memorial; Bawdens (Rodney Prescott); Bailador (IRE) (Luis Martinez Jr.); Acts Like a King (Nathan Solomon); and Sea of Trees (Phil Teator).

First post Saturday is 1:10 pm. Admission to Turfway and parking are free.

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