Tuesday, March 1, 2011 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, Ky., March 1, 2011 – The $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park closed Saturday with 131 nominations, announced Racing Secretary Rick Leigh. This year marks the 40th running of the race, a 1 1/8-mile prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1). The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes is scheduled to run March 26, six weeks before the first Saturday in May.
Among the nominees are Inhisglory, who won the Turfway Prevue, the first local prep for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes, and Twinspired, who won the second local prep, the WEBN Stakes. The third Turfway prep is the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes (listed), scheduled March 5.
Inhisglory was moved to the barn of Michael Stidham after the Turfway Prevue; owner Peter Redekop bought the gelding shortly before that race.
Twinspired is trained by Mike Maker for the partnership of Alpha Stables, Skychai Racing LLC, and Sand Dollar Stable LLC. Maker also nominated five others, including Derby Kitten and Derby Obsession for primary clients Ken and Sarah Ramsey. The trainer won this race last year for the Ramseys with Dean's Kitten and also won in 2006 with Ron Peltz’s With a City.
The most nominated by one trainer is nine from the national barn of Steve Asmussen, including Michael J. Ryan's Silver Medallion, who currently ranks 19th among 3-year-olds on the graded stakes earnings list with $124,334.
Also among nominated horses already appearing on industry watch lists are Brethren, trained by Todd Pletcher and currently 21st on the graded earnings list with $120,000; Comma to the Top, trained by Peter Miller and fifth on the list with $456,000; Gourmet Dinner, trained by Steven Standridge and second with $780,000; J P’s Gusto, trained by Joe Petalino and third with $540,000; Mucho Macho Man, trained by Katherine Ritvo and eighth with $270,000; Santiva, trained by Eddie Kenneally and 10th with $240,254; and Sway Away, trained by Jeff Bonde and 29th on the list with $60,000.
This year's running of the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes marks the beginning of sponsorship by Vinery Ltd., a comprehensive Thoroughbred breeding, rehabilitation, bloodstock and racing operation with locations in Kentucky, Florida, and New York.
The Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes highlights a 12-race card that includes four undercard stakes: the Bourbonette Oaks (G3), a prep for the Kentucky Oaks (G1); the Rushaway (listed), also for 3-year-olds; and the Hansel and Queen stakes, both sprints. First post on March 26 is 1:10 p.m., a departure from Turfway's newly installed 5:30 p.m. post on Saturdays.