Sunday, January 26, 2003

Lumpkins rides 5 winners

Wins Forego aboard 'Horde'

The Enquirer and wire reports

Jason Lumpkins continued to dominate the Turfway Park jockey colony by winning five races Saturday, including the $50,000 Forego Stakes aboard Billy Tucker's Private Horde.

It marked the third time - and second straight day - since the meeting began Jan. 1 that Lumpkins had five winners in a day.

"I've just been doing my job, but this has been a lot of fun," said Lumpkins, a transplanted Californian.

The record at Turfway is six victories set by Kris Prather during the 2001 winter-spring meet.

Private Horde bounded to an easy 2-length victory over Still Be Smokin'. Gallatin Kid rallied to finish another half-length back in third. Ultimate Warrior, part of the Bernie Flint-trained 6-to-5 favored entry, set the pace before fading.

Private Horde, 4, trained by Joe Cain, improved his record to 5-2-0 in 17 starts with $124,095 earnings.


Best of the Rest came from behind Saturday to lead a sweep by Florida thoroughbreds on their home track.

The 8-year-old gelding, who has overcome four knee operations, passed Booklet and won the $1 million Classic by a half-length at Gulfstream Park.

The purse was the day's most lucrative in the inaugural $3.6 million Sunshine Millions, an event limited to horses bred in Florida and California in four races at Gulfstream and four at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Florida won the series with 56 points to California's 16. Five points were awarded for first place, three for second and one for third.


Jockey Jerry Bailey has replaced Mike Smith on early Kentucky Derby favorite Vindication, the undefeated probable 2-year-old champion male of 2002, trainer Bob Baffert announced.


The Eclipse Awards will be presented Monday in Beverly Hills, Calif. Finalists for the 11 equine awards:

Horse of the Year: Azeri, Left Bank, Rock of Gibraltar, War Emblem.

Two-year-old male: Sky Mesa, Toccet, Vindication.

Two-year-old filly: Awesome Humor, Storm Flag Flying.

Three-year-old male: Came Home, Medaglia d'Oro, War Emblem.

Three-year-old filly: Farda Amiga, Imperial Gesture, Take Charge Lady.

Older male: Left Bank, Street Cry, Volponi.

Older female: Azeri.

Sprinter: Left Bank, Orientate, Xtra Heat.

Turf male: High Chapparral, Rock of Gibraltar, With Anticipation.

Turf female: Astra, Golden Apples, Starine.

Steeplechase: Flat Top, It's a Giggle, McDynamo.

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