Sunday, March 31, 2002

D'Amico rides Turfway winner

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Stonerside Stable's Becky Virtue, winner of her previous three starts at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, scored a front-running victory under Union's Tony D'Amico in Saturday's $50,000 Fairway Fun Stakes at Turfway Park.

        The 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares was the final stakes race of Turfway's winter/spring meeting.

        “They told me just to let her break and to settle into stride,” D'Amico said. “They said she likes the front end. She's a gutsy little filly; she dug in when Miss Pickums came at us.”

        Becky Virtue, 4, with her first victory in stakes company, improved her record to 5-1-1 in nine starts and $96,280 in earns. The Michael Stidham trainee returned $13.40 to win.

        Turfway Park is closed today (Easter). The final two days of the live race meet are Wednesday and Thursday.

        First post is 5:30 p.m.

        Keeneland in Lexington opens its spring meeting Friday.

        Cincinnati's River Downs opens its 122-date meeting April 13 and concludes Labor Day.
       RD post time has been changed to 1:05 p.m. and the weekly “dark” day for live racing will be Monday.


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