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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Turf Dash Has Plenty of Sizzle


By Dick Downey
Updated Sept. 6, 2012 @ 7:58 a.m. ET

(FRANKLIN, KY) The six-furlong Kentucky Downs Turf Dash features an interesting mix of favorites with little grass experience locking horns with an array of turfers.

Noble's Promise is the 5-2 morning line favorite, and that's probably partly because he hails from the barn of Ken McPeek and has competed in mulitple graded and listed stakes over his 23-race career. He hasn't won a race since June of last year, but he was beaten only a combined length in his last two outings, the Kelly's Landing at Churchill Downs and the Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park. New York-based rider David Cohen, who has lined up seven mounts on Saturday, will ride Noble's Promise. Saturday would mark only the third career start on the grass for the horse. He's won once on the surface.

A local favorite only has one career turf start but may be competing for post-time favoritism -- that's Good Lord. He's owned by residents of nearby Bowling Green and is sure to attract a lot of betting interest. It won't just be the 3-1 morning line and the local angle, though. He set back-to-back track records at Charles Town and Ellis Park in his last two starts -- and he's the one that beat Noble's Promise in the Don Bernhardt Stakes. Forest Kaelin trains; Gabriel Saez returns in the saddle.

Delaunay, a Maryland-bred from the barn of Tom Amoss, is owned by Maggi Moss, a perennial winning owner in the Kentucky racing circuit. At 4-1 on the morning line, Delauney sports credentials of eight wins, eight places and three shows from 33 career starts. The 5-year-old has been kept busy. Delaunay is interesting because, if for no other reason, only five of his starts have come on turf -- and they've produced one win and three other board hits. Shaun Bridgmohan rides Delaunay -- unless he runs in the Temperance Hill Stakes at Louisiana Downs, where he's cross-entered.

Zeb will gain support at the windows with the popular Corey Lanerie on his back for Louisville trainer Greg Foley. At 6-1, unlike the above-named entries, he's a turf sprint specialist -- but he's gone the six-furlong distance of the Turf Dash only once in his career, and that was without success.

Assuming Sal the Barber is loaded into the starting gate, he'd be running at the seventh track in his last nine starts. Tom Drury, Jr. trains the well-traveled and interestingly-named Sal the Barber, who has 19 turf starts in 20 outings -- but none at this distance. The polar opposite of Zeb, he's used to going two turns at distances of a mile or greater. One wonders why this 8-1 morning line wasn't entered in the Franklin-Simpson Mile.

Also entered in the Turf Dash are:

--Will's Wildcat (12-1) from the James Baker barn. He has three turf starts with no board hits;

--Longhunter (15-1), trained by Darrin Miller, is one-for-two at the distance from 11 turf starts;

--The 9-year-old Grand Traverse, Glacier Bay and Icon Ike (all at 20-1), trained by Tim Glyshaw, Mike Maker and Hopkinsville native Larry Jones, respectively. Grand Traverse has put together 17 board hits from 27 starts at this distance, some on turf, some not. Glacier Bay is a recent claim by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, last raced at Saratoga and otherwise looks more credentialed than his morning line indicates. Icon Ike has three wins in his last four starts, including a victory in the Black Gold on yielding turf at Fair Grounds in March.

--Jasizzle (30-1), who's conditioned by Tommy Ray Mills, looks up against it, but he's improved since being switched to turf three starts back.

Grand Traverse has a third-place finish at the track from a sole start. He's the only one in the field that's raced at Kentucky Downs.

The Kentucky Cup Turf Dash is race 6 on the card with a 4:05 local start time (5:05 ET). It's part of three stakes on a nine-race card, along with the Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf and the Franklin-Simpson Mile. First post is 1:35 central, 2:35 eastern.

Saturday, Race 6
Kentucky Cup Turf Dash Stakes
Purse: $75,000
Distance: Six Furlongs
Surface: Turf
Post Time: 5:05 ET

Post Horse   ML Jockey Wt A/S M Trainer
1 Good Lord (FL)   3-1 G. Saez 121 5/G L F. Kaelin
2 Grand Traverse (KY)   20-1 J. McKee 121 9/G L T. Glyshaw
3 Zeb (KY)   6-1 C. Lanerie 121 5/G L G. Foley
4 Glacier Bay (KY)   20-1 K. Desormeaux 121 6/H L M. Maker
5 Sal the Barber (KY)   8-1 B. Hernandez Jr. 121 6/H L T. Drury Jr.
6 Jasizzle (KY)   30-1 M. Straight 118 3/G L T. Mills
7 Delaunay (MD)   4-1 S. Bridgmohan 121 5/G L T. Amoss
8 Nobles Promise (KY)   5-2 D. Cohen 121 5/H L K. McPeek
9 Will's Wildcat (KY)   12-1 C. Borel 121 4/G L J. Baker
10 Icon Ike (KY)   20-1 R. Vazquez 118 3/C L L. Jones
11 Longhunter (GB)   15-1 V. Lebron 121 4/G L D. Miller

Owners: 1 - Thomas D. Shank and Stan Young; 2 - Mimicry Partnership (Loren Hebel-Osborne, Carol Hebel and Ron Beegle); 3 - John Eaton and Steve Laymon; 4 - Kenneth L. and Sarah K. Ramsey; 5 - Lewis Schaffel; 6 - Tommy R. Mills; 7 - Maggi Moss; 8 - J C M Racing, LLC (Richard and Tammy Rigney); 9 - Pattons Creek Farm (Michael J. Snyder); 10 - Fletcher and Carolyn Gray; 11 - Silverton Hill, LLC (Bonnie and Tommy Hamilton)

Breeders: 1 - Marilyn Fazo Seltzer; 2 - Mimicry Partnership; 3 - John Eaton & Steve Laymon; 4 - Eugene Melnyk; 5 - Lewis Schaffel; 6 - Tommy Ray Mills & Lisa Dawn Mills; 7 - Fitzhugh, LLC; 8 - C. Kidder,Cole & B. Kidder; 9 - Patton's Creek Farm, LLC; 10 - Fletcher Gray & Carolyn Gray; 11 - D. D. and Mrs Jean P. Clee

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