Sunday, March 25, 2001

Spiral Stakes Notebook

Day pays for his backers

By George Rorrer
Enquirer contributor

        FLORENCE — Hall of Fame jockey Pat Day continued to work his magic Saturday at Turfway Park, rewarding his backers seven times in nine races.

        A crowd of 18,700 bet six of Day's mounts down to favorite status, and two others were second choices.

        Only in the featured Spiral Stakes did the bettors disregard a Day mount. They were correct in making Clutch Play er the No.6 choice. Day eased the horse in the stretch and finished last.

        Day said Clutch Player was “OK 'til 5 furlongs, and then I knew something was wrong. I'm not sure what it was, but I pulled up just to be sure. He gave me every indication he may have bled internally.”

        Day rode Sweet Nanette to a 2-length victory in the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup. Day also won the third race aboard Rose Creek and add ed four second-place finishes and one third.

        In the $150,000 Bourbonette, Day kept Sweet Nanette close until the home stretch, then drove past Upside and won by two lengths. Owner Terry Finley said Day's ride was the key to victory and said the Beaumont Stakes at Keeneland will probably be his filly's next race.

        In the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes for 3-year-olds, trainer Tony Reinstedler's Percy Hope took charge and beat X Country by a length. “We'll keep our eyes open and shop around a little,” he said.

        In the $60,000 Hansel Stakes, Edgar Prado rode trainer W. Elliot Walden's One By The Knows past Devil Anse to a 3 1/2-length victory. Kazoo, ridden by Day, was third.

        In the $60,000 Queen Stakes, Todd Pletcher-trained Mountain Girl hung on for a half-length win over Day and Katz Me If You Can.

        BONUS: Balto Star will have a shot at a new $1million Turfway-Keeneland bonus for completing the Kentucky Sweep — winning the Spiral, then either the April 14 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes or the April 21 Coolmore Lexington Stakes at Keeneland, and then the May 5 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

        No horse has done it, but Summer Squall won the 1990 equivalent of the Spiral and the Blue Grass, but finished second in the Derby.

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