Kentucky Downs Race Results
Day 4, September 18, 2013
Race 1. Maiden Special Weight, 2YO fillies, $90,000, 1 Mile
Shanon Nicole took the opener and paid $8.20 to win. She’s trained by Mike Maker and was ridden by Rosie Napravnik; it was the third win at the meet for both. Connie M. Apostelos is the owner of the Kentucky homebred. Shanon Nicole was timed in 1:38.89. Favored Beth Ann's Kitten finished second after a rail trip from post 1, Cleo's Krewe was third and Crissy Field checked in fourth.
Race 2. Claiming $12,500, 3YO, $25,000, 6 Furlongs
Blingboy, who’d failed to hit the board in four turf starts, won and paid $52.80 after grabbing the lead in deep stretch. He’s trained by William Pfister and was ridden by Greta Kuntzweiler, who picked up the mount from Oriana Rossi. Blingboy is owned by Leonardo Horantez and was bred in California by Janet Sexton. He was timed in 1:11.64. Gaelico finished second; an objection by his jockey, Jesus Castanon, against the winner was overruled by stewards. Everyday Dave was third after gaining, then relinquishing, the lead in the stretch. Numen Lumen ran fourth.
Race 3. Maiden Claiming $25,000, 2YO fillies, $24,000, 6 1/2 Furlongs
Too Cool loomed in the stretch and inched away for the win, paying $6.20 for trainer Tom Amoss and rider Leandro Goncalves. Dell Ridge Farm bred Too Cool in Kentucky. She was timed in 1:18.34. First-timer Purple Drop came second; U S Dream was third and Almighty Storm finished fourth.
Race 4. Claiming N3L $12,500, 3YO & up, $24,000, 1 Mile
The race was stolen on the front end by Van Gogo Girl, who was another big price at $25.80. The Blair Jordan trainee was ridden by James Graham. Siuracha Stables is the owner of the filly bred in Kentucky by T/C Stable. She was timed in 1:38.82. Bonita Muneca second; Pleasant Comment third and Peakaboo Bride fourth.
Race 5. Allowance N1X $8,500/N2L, 3YO & up, $94,000, 6 1/2 Furlongs
Matar won for trainer Wayne Catalano, producing his sixth winner from eight starts at the meet. Despite the trainer’s winning ways, Matar paid $25.80. The gelding was timed in 1:17.20 under Rosie Napravik, who picked up her second victory on the card. The winning owner is Carolyn Wilson. Adena Springs bred Matar in Kentucky. Good Tickled finished second; favored Cougar Ridge third and Seve fourth.
Race 6. Maiden Special Weight, 2YO, $90,000, 6 1/2 Furlongs
Wayne Catalano won again, his seventh win from nine starters at the meet. Rope a Dope paid $7.60 under Rosie Napravik, who garnered her third win today. Owners Gary and Mary West, breeders of Rope a Dope in Kentucky, picked up their second win at the meet. Runkle finished second; favored More Than Classic was third; and debuter Video ran fourth. The time was 1:16.64 for Rope a Dope, who came from off the pace to get the lead very late in the race.
Race 7. Claiming $20,000, 3YO & up fillies & mares, $40,000, 1 Mile 70 Yards
Aquinnah, under Rosie Napravnik, led at every call and opened up in the stretch to win easily. She paid $6.00 as the favorite. It was the fourth win on the card for Napravnik. Derek Ryan trains Aquinnah for Metro Thoroughbreds LLC. The winner was bred in Florida by Anthony Lenci. Fine Loking Lady finished a distant second, Tellalittlesecret was third and Banded was fourth. The time was 1:43.85.
Race 8. Maiden Claiming $50,000-$40,000, 3YO & up, $47,000, 7 Furlongs
Red Roncho won by daylight after always being prominent during the running. He paid $25.60. Sally Schu trains; Victor Lebron rode. A partnership comprised of Schu, Shirley Bolles and Tom Parrish’s Smithfield Stables owns Red Roncho. He was timed in 1:23.22. Red Roncho, a fun name to say, was bred in Kentucky by Bolles and Diane Van der Veken. In a close finish for the other top spots, Cage Fighter took second, Alvear third and Won'tualwayswonder fourth.
Race 9. Allowance N2X $8,500/N3L, 3YO & up, $96,000, 1 Mile 70 Yards
Moro Tap, trained by Mike Maker, won in course record time, 1:43.45, after a cavalry charge to the wire in deep stretch. Rosie Napravnik picked up her fifth win of the day. It was the second win for Maker on the card. Moro Tap paid $6.40 as the favorite. Skychai Racing and Sand Dollar Stable own Moro Tap, who was bred in Virginia by the now-deceased Edward P. Evans. Saturday Launch finished second, Chalice third and Klisz fourth.
Race 10. Allowance N2L, 3YO & up fillies & mares, $94,000, 7 Furlongs
Seeking Treasure got out front early and couldn’t be caught under David Flores. He paid $12.00 after winning in the clear, timed in 1:22.85. Larry Dunbar trains the winner for Steven E. Frum. Seeking Treasure was bred in Kentucky by Ron Kirk, Mike Lauffer, Greg McDonald and John W. Phillips. Neat Package checked in second, followed by Liberated in third and Cindy Says in fourth.
Race 11. Allowance N1X $8,500/N2L, 3YO & up, $94,000, 1 1/2 Mile
Comes the Dream won in 2:28.53 under Joe Rocco, Jr. for trainer George Weaver and owners Susan and Jim Hill. Comes the Dream paid $15.00. Gun Point was second, Alburj third and Newfound Zapper fourth in the feature race. Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul, the post-time favorite, finished a disappointing ninth of 12. The winner was bred in Kentucky by Reata Thoroughbreds Racing Farms LLC.
Race 12. Allowance N2X $8,500/N3L, 3YO & up fillies & mares, $96,000, 1 Mile 70 Yards
Sky High Lady pulled the upset and paid $15.20. Favored Moonwalk finished second, followed by Ganay Noir in third and Quiet Success in fourth. Mark Casse trains the winner; Shaun Bridgmohan was up. John Oxley owns Sky High Lady and bred her in Kentucky. The race was timed in 1:44.10.
Race 13. Claiming N2L $12,500, 3YO & up, $22,000, 1 Mile 70 Yards
Knows How to Rock kept it in the family in the day‘s finale. Paying $28.00 for the win, he’s trained and owned by Jose G. Castanon and was ridden by Antonio Castanon. Knows How to Rock was timed in 1:44.65. He was bred in Kentucky by Keene Ridge Racing. Alexander Thegreat was second, I'm Star Struck third and Sweet Alexander fourth.
Total handle on the card was $2,982,393, a new record. There were three extra races compared to the old record, but it's a tremendous figure for a Wednesday.