Friday, January 21, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 21, 2011 – The $50,000 Cincinnati Trophy Stakes, the second of three winter stakes that lead to the Bourbonette Oaks (G3) in March, runs Saturday at Turfway Park, with Golden Phoenix and Angelica Zapata heading the field.
Of the 10 three-year-old fillies entered for the Cincinnati Trophy, only Golden Phoenix and Angelica Zapata ran in the first of the series, the Gowell Stakes for two-year-olds in December. The two finished second and third, respectively, a head apart, four lengths behind Dr. Diamonds Prize.
Golden Phoenix has shown some versatility, coming from just off the pace in an optional allowance win at Turfway two starts back and setting all the pace in a dirt claiming race one race earlier. The filly breaks from post nine and may be compromised if she wants the lead in the 6 1/2-furlong Cincinnati Trophy. Marcelino Pedroza Jr. was aboard for the allowance win and the Gowell and has the call again for Chuck Peery, who trains Golden Phoenix on the Polytrack at Keeneland.
Angelica Zapata had one win, one second, and the third in the Gowell in five starts as a two-year-old. Pedroza was also aboard for the nose win, six furlongs on the dirt at Churchill Downs, but Ben Creed will ride the filly for the first time Saturday. Ronald Pellegrini trains. Angelica Zapata breaks from post two.
Sonja’s Angel was unchallenged in her last start, setting all the pace to win a Turfway sprint for $30,000 claimers by nearly seven lengths, and while the Cincinnati Trophy is a couple of steps up, no trainer is hotter this meet than Bill Connelly. John McKee will ride, breaking from post three.
Also entered are Bach Hamilton (jockey Amanda Tamburello); Princess de Oro (Thomas Pompell); Catinatree (Perry Ouzts); Tater Taunter (Rodney Prescott); Hawthorne shipper Rory's Dividend (Jozbin Santana); Tampa shipper Julia S (Greta Kuntzweiler) and Ninja’s Prize (Scott Spieth).
The Cincinnati Trophy is the ninth of 10 races on Saturday’s card. First post is 1:10 p.m.
The third race in the winter prep series for young fillies, the one-mile Valdale Stakes, is scheduled for February 26. The one-mile Bourbonette Oaks, itself a prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1), runs on the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes undercard on March 26.