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Cox: Cash Control in Ladies Turf, Almasty in Turf Sprint


High Hopes for Both

Louisville product Brad Cox will work to add on to the best year of his training career when he sends Cash Control to the Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf and Almasty to the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint.

Cash Control, a 5-year-old daughter of 2009 Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile, has never finished off the board in five starts on the turf this year. Her lone start on dirt came in her first start of the year in the Pippin Stakes at Oaklawn Park on Jan. 17, where she was fourth beaten 2 ½ lengths. She switched surfaces in Fair Grounds’ Daisy Devine Stakes, which resulted in a triumph over fellow Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf starter Mizz Money.

These two fillies hooked up twice more this year with Mizz Money turning the tables on Cash Control, defeating her by a nose in the New Orleans Ladies overnight stakes. Later that summer, Cash Control came back on top when she won the Grade III Old Forester Mint Julep at Churchill Downs.

Cash Control's most recent start was a close second in the Indiana General Assembly Distaff at Indiana Grand Race Course on July 16 behind Lovely Loyree, but Saturday’s race could be Cash Control’s stiffest test this year.

“It’s a competitive race, but she’s doing very well,” Cox said. “The filly to our inside (She's Not Here) obviously likes Del Mar, but who knows if they like Kentucky Downs until they run it, right? I don’t know if ours likes Kentucky Downs, but she’s doing well so we’ll see what happens. She’s ultra-consistent and shows up every time so we’re excited about her.”

In the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint, Cox will saddle Almasty, whom he claimed for $30,000 in March 2015 at Fair Grounds. He hopes that the son of Scat Daddy will improve off of his last start, a fifth-place effort in the Grade III Oceanport at Monmouth Park on July 31.

“We shipped him down to Monmouth for a stakes, and the jock said he struggled a little bit with the ground that day,” Cox said. “He’s really doing well. We’re excited about him. The cut back in distance should help him a bit.”

Should both horses run well, future aspirations could be high. Cox called the Grade I First Lady on Oct. 8 the most logical spot for Cash Control, while noting “we’ll take it one step at a time.” He said that Almasty would be “possible” for the Grade III Woodford on the same day, but will also point stakes winner Green Mask to that race.

“Not that I wouldn’t run them against each other, but I think that Green Mask is more suited for the five-and-a-half, whereas Almasty is more of a six-and-a-half or seven-eighths,” Cox said.

Cash Control’s regular rider Shaun Bridgmohan will return to the saddle for Saturday’s race, while veteran jockey Jon Court will be on Almasty.

Edited Kentucky Downs release

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