By Dick Downey
Longhunter got up late in the race to win the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, continuing a string of successes by Ken and Saray Ramsey in turf racing this summer.
Trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Alan Garcia, Longhunter got by Xbalanque for the win. Ancil finished third, and Regally Ready was fourth.
The time for the six-furlong race was 1:10.28. Longhunter paid $7.80 to win, $4.40 to place an $3.80 to show.
The owners of the British-bed winner were attending a family reunion, but Jeff Ramsey came to Kentucky Downs. "Mike Maker had him in great shape, and Alan gave him a great ride. I'm not sure where he's headed next," he said.
It was the second stakes win of the day at the track for the Ramsey's, who took the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies with Lien on Kitten.
Longhunter was bred by D D and Mrs. Jean P. Clee. He's by Hailing out of Dawnus (IRE), by Night Shift.
Defending Turf Dash champion Good Lord, bet well down below his 12-1 morning line at 7-2, could not overcome a poor break from the gate and finished next-to-last.
"It was just one of those days," said co-owner Stan Young.