Sunday, September 14, 2003
Turfway's Perfect Drift
Defeats favorite Congaree by one length in Classic duel
By George Rorrer
A record crowd announced at 11,223 got what it came for in Saturday's 10th annual Kentucky Cup Classic thoroughbred horse race at Turfway Park.
Perfect Drift, with Pat Day aboard, is led into the winner's circle after victory in the Kentucky Cup Classic Saturday at Turfway Park.
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A sizzling duel was what it expected, and that's what it got when local favorite Perfect Drift ended up a length in front after a nose-to-nose battle down the long home stretch.
For once, bigger and better things may be in store for the runner-up than for the winner.
Trainer Murray Johnson said the result won't change a decision to keep Perfect Drift out of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships Oct. 25 at Santa Anita. Instead, he said, Perfect Drift will run in the Hawthorne Gold Cup Sept. 27 as scheduled.
Trainer Bob Baffert said Congaree will get a shot at winning the Breeders' Cup Classic.
"This will set him up for the Breeders' Cup," Baffert said. "One thing about this track is it's very demanding, but it should set him up."
Congaree's jockey, Edgar Prado, agreed with Baffert and said he liked the way the runner-up ran.
"He made the lead nice and easy (early),'' Prado said. "He did everything OK but he just didn't win."
Johnson said he doubted that Perfect Drift's back-to-back victories over Mineshaft and Congaree will win him many votes for Horse of the Year because he won't be in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
"It's just something we don't want to do," Johnson said. "It involves traveling to the other coast. It's expensive. This horse has done everything right month after month after month. You know one day it will go wrong, but it's not that time yet."
Perfect Drift, who was not nominated for the Breeders' Cup, showed again how much he likes this northern Kentucky strip, where he is 4-2-0 in six starts, including a win in last year's Lane's End Spiral Stakes.
Perfect Drift has won four of six races this year, with wins in the Washington Park Handicap at Arlington, and a victory over top-rated Mineshaft in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs. The $221,500 winner's share in the Grade II Classic put Perfect Drift just over $1 million for the year.
"He broke sharply, but I eased him back just off the pace," winning rider Pat Day said. "Then at the eighth-pole, Congaree kind of folded up. He (Perfect Drift) was in hand to the wire. He was an awesome effort."
Crafty Shaw finished third, then Even the Score and M B Sea.
Perfect Drift, the second favorite, paid $4.80 and $2.10; Congaree returned $2.10 to place. There was no show wagering.
The previous record on-track attendance for the 10-year-old event was 11,090 in 2000.
Turfway Park results
1st-$12,000, mdn cl, 3Yup, 6f.
Off 1:10. Time 1:12.51. Fast. Exacta (4-9) paid $59.40. Superfecta (4-9-5-6) paid $3,445.60. Trifecta (4-9-5) paid $175.60.
|4 Title Shot (Butler)||14.60||8.20||4.40|
|9 Harbor the Drm (Crt)||4.00||2.80|
|5 Distante (Bejarano)||2.60 |
3rd-$25,000, mdn spl wt, 2YF, 6f.
Off 2:04. Time 1:12.50. Fast. Pick 3 (4-2-9) 3 Correct Paid $191.20. Superfecta (9-7-4-5) paid $5,666.80. Trifecta (9-7-4) paid $578.80. Exacta (9-7) paid $53.20.
|9 Stellar Jayne (Vlsqz)||5.00||3.40||3.00|
|7 Boston Song (Court)||7.80||5.20|
|4 Lost Creek (Bejarano)||7.20 |
5th-$26,800, alc, 3Yup, 6f.
Off 2:55. Time 1:11.23. Fast. Scratched-Squire Boone, Bayou Buster. Pick 3 (9-5-10) 3 Correct Paid $61.20. Superfecta (10-5-7-3) paid $1,667.80. Trifecta (10-5-7) paid $453.80. Exacta (10-5) paid $75.20.
|10 Tullynally (Prado)||5.80||4.00||3.40|
|5 Atticus Lace (Albarado)||7.80||5.00|
|7 Gold Mine (Vlsqz)||4.20 |
7th-$25,000, mdn spl wt, 2YF, 6f.
Off 3:50. Time 1:13.61. Fast. Pick 3 (10-5-6) 3 Correct Paid $153.40. Superfecta (6-5-9-4) paid $313.20. Trifecta (6-5-9) paid $119.20. Exacta (6-5) paid $32.80.
|6 Josie G. (Borel)||9.00||4.00||2.80|
|5 Keep This Cat (Bejarano)||3.60||2.60|
|9 Stormy Terms (Albarado)||2.80 |
9th-$100,000, stk, 2YO F, 1mi, clear.
Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes
Off 4:45. Time 1:39.04. Fast. Pick 3 (6-1-6) 3 Correct Paid $199.20. Superfecta (6-4-3-5) paid $125.40. Trifecta (6-4-3) paid $20.80. Exacta (6-4) paid $12.00.
|6 Class Above (Prado)||3.60||2.80||2.10|
|4 Renaissance Lady (Day)||3.00||2.20|
|3 Sweet Jo Jo (GnzlzJr)||2.10 |
10th-$100,000, stk, 2YO, 1 1/16mi, clear.
Kentucky Cup Juvenile Stakes
Off 5:18. Time 1:46.61. Fast. Scratched-Ruler's Court. dq-Pomeroy (1-3). Pick 4 (6-1-6-6) 4 Correct Paid $5,913.80. Pick 3 (1-6-6) 3 Correct Paid $715.80. Exacta (6-7) paid $228.00. Superfecta (6-7-2-8) paid $2,944.20. Trifecta (6-7-2) paid $885.60. Daily Double (6-6) paid $38.40.
|6 Mr. Jester (Bejarano)||43.20||12.20||4.00|
|7 The Cliff's Edge (Sellers)||5.20||2.80|
|2 Pomeroy (Prado)||2.20 |
11th-$350,000, stk, 3Yup, 1 1/8 mi.
Kentucky Cup Handicap
Off 5:45. Time 1:50.43. Fast. Pick 3 (6-6-3) 3 Correct Paid $379.00. Exacta (3-4) paid $6.00. Trifecta (3-4-2) paid $13.60. Daily Double (6-3) paid $134.00.
|3 Perfect Drift (Day)||4.80||2.10||No Tix|
|4 Congaree (Prado)||2.10||No Tix|
|2 Crafty Shaw (Sellers)||No Tix |
12th-$175,000, stk, 3Yup, 1 1/16mi.
Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes
Off 6:14. Time 1:44.98. Fast. Scratched-Desert Gold. Pick 3 (6-3-9) 3 Correct Paid $554.00. Exacta (9-2) paid $17.00. Superfecta (9-2-5-10) paid $381.60. Trifecta (9-2-5) paid $56.00. Daily Double (3-9) paid $10.00.
|9 Smok'n Frolic (Prado)||5.60||3.00||2.80|
|2 Awsm Hmr (Albrd)||2.80||2.40|
|5 So Much More (Borel)||3.40 |
13th-$100,000, stk, 3YO, 6f, clear.
Kentucky Cup Sprint Stakes
Off 6:41. Time 1:09.54. Fast. Scratched-Salty Genius. Pick 4 (6-3-9-6) 4 Correct Paid $3,512.80. Pick 3 (3-9-6) 3 Correct Paid $122.60. Exacta (6-7) paid $58.20. Superfecta (6-7-11-2) paid $6,028.00. Trifecta (6-7-11) paid $262.80. Daily Double (9-6) paid $29.20.
|6 Cajun Beat (Velasquez)||17.20||7.20||3.60|
|7 Clock Stopper (Albarado)||4.20||3.00|
|11 Champali (Day)||2.80 |
14th-$25,000, mdn spl wt, 2Y, 6f.
Off 7:05. Time 1:11.44. Fast. Scratched-In Bocca Al Lupo, Premier Hunting. Pick 3 (9-6-4) 3 Correct Paid $230.80. Exacta (4-12) paid $47.00. Superfecta (4-12-6-1) paid $2,546.20. Trifecta (4-12-6) paid $274.60. Daily Double (6-4) paid $35.30.
|4 Pro Prado (McKee)||9.40||4.20||3.20|
|12 Spike the Fever (Borel)||5.00||3.40|
|6 Yada Boy (Bejarano)||4.40 |
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