Sunday, May 02, 1999

Gallery Stakes leaders struggle




BY GEORGE RORRER
Enquirer contributor

        The 125th Kentucky Derby was not kind to Stephen Got Even and K One King, the 1-2 finishers in the Gallery Furniture.com Stakes at Turfway Park in March.

        Stephen Got Even, the No.2 choice of a crowd of 151,051, finished 14th in a field of 19 and ended trainer Nick Zito's chance to become the only trainer to win three Derbies in the 1990s. (D.Wayne Lukas did it instead, thanks to Charismatic.)

        K One King, trained by Akiko Gothard, finished eighth.

        Zito blamed the traffic.

        “He got knocked around like crazy,” Zito said of Stephen Got Even. “We didn't have any luck. The only way you can win this type of race is to have a super horse.”

        Is Charismatic a super horse? “Ask me in a couple of months,” Zito said.

        Gothard said she was pleased that K One King finished only 6 lengths behind the winner. She resisted blaming the big field.

        Gothard said she didn't think K One King would run in the Preakness later this month, but she said she'd discuss it with owner Madeleine Paulson.

        Zito said he is undecided on a Preakness trip for Stephen Got Even and/or Adonis, his Wood Memorial champion who finished 17th on Saturday.

       



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