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Kentucky Derby and Horse Racing at The Downey Profile®

Three Stakes Highlight Closing Day at Kentucky Downs

9/21/2014

By Dick Downey

Updated 5:00 p.m. ET

Kentucky Downs will have three stakes races worth $600,000 on its 10-race card Wednesday, including two divisions of the 1 5/16-mile Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon that drew 23 entries.

The $200,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash is the third of the stakes races, carded at 6 1/2 furlongs. Each division of the Ladies Marathon also carries a purse of $200,000 and will award a free breeding to Bullet Train (GB) to the winner. Bullet Train stands at Pope McLean's Crestwood Farm in Lexington.

A full field of 12 will start in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, headlined by the Wesley Ward-trained Undrafted, a four-year-old gelding owned by NFL star Wes Welker. R.M. Hernandez will be aboard Undrafted, a son of Purim that has lifetime earnings of over $408,000. Undrafted finished second in the Grade III Twin Spires Turf Sprint Stakes on Kentucky Oaks day at Churchill Downs, followed by a win of the Grade III Jaipur Invitational Stakes at Belmont Park. Undrafted is back from England, where he finished fourth, beaten only 1 3/4 length, in the Group 1 Darley July Cup at Newmarket. Undrafted is the 7-2 morning line favorite.

Other likely contenders in the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash -- drawn at opposite ends of the starting gate -- are Dimension (GB) (9-2) in post 1 and Something Extra (5-2 morning line favorite) in post 12. They're the third and fourth place finishers in the Grade II Play the King Stakes at Woodbine on Aug. 10. Both of them come into the race off seven straight graded stakes efforts.

The two divisions of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon are set as races 7 and 8. A field of 11 is entered in the first division, including Street of Gold for trainer Eric Reed, most recently beaten only 3 1/4 lengths in the Grade I Beverly D Stakes at Arlington Park. Edgar Prado comes in from New York to ride the daughter of Street Sense. It's the second stint at Kentucky Downs this meet for the Hall of Famer. Street of Gold is favored at 3-1 on the morning line.

Also in the first division is Cats Claw (4-1), a daughter of top turf sire Dynaformer that most recently competed in the Grade III Glen Falls Stakes at Saratoga. Alex Cintron will be up. Tom Proctor ships in Customer Base (5-1) from the West Coast with Drayden Van Dyke in the irons. The mare has lifetime earnings of nearly $350,000 including a victory in the Grade III R.J. Frankel Stakes at Santa Anita. Bill Mott's White Rose (9-2), with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard, is also sure to attract bettors despite her 13th-place finish in the Grade III Modesty Handicap on July 12. White Rose is set to make her first start since then on Wednesday.

In the second division, the field of 12 includes a host of graded stakes competitors. Two legendary turf trainers have entered runners. The Christophe Clement-trained Tabreed (GB) is the morning line favorite at 7-2 despite her 8th-place finish in the Modesty. She'll be ridden in her third race off the layoff by James Graham. Jonathan Sheppard trains Angel Terrace (9-2) and has named jockey Florent Geroux, who's been riding well at Kentucky Downs, to handle the reins. Angel Terrace most recently finished fifth in the Fasig-Tipton Waya Stakes at Saratoga. It's also her third race off a layoff.

Topic (4-1) is trained by Neil Drysdale and will be ridden by Brice Blanc. She's a veteran of six graded stakes races with her best finish being a third in the Grade I American Oaks last year at Betfair Hollywood Park. There's also the Todd Pletcher-trained Lady Aspen (6-1), a mare with over $200,000 in lifetime earnings coming off a game effort in the Grade III Violet Stakes at Monmouth Park. We'll see a rare hookup between  Pletcher and Robby Albarado. Also in the field in the Chris Block-trained I O Ireland (6-1), a filly that was beaten only a length in the Grade Modesty. Carlos Marquez is named to ride for Team Block, who won the Grade III Kentucky Downs Cup Turf with Suntracer on Sept. 13. Another contender is Always Kitten (8-1) for the highly-successful connections of Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Mike Maker and Rosie Napravnik.

Speaking of Napravnik, she and Julien Leparoux are tied in the victory category with six wins apiece at the meet. Leparoux is named on five horses; at the closing of entries; Napravnik was set to ride three.

Purses for this year’s five-day live meet average over $1,000,000 per day, and the all-sources handle for four days of live racing exceeds $12 million.

 

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