09/24/2014 7:58PM

Dimension by a neck in Turf Dash


FRANKLIN, Ky. – Dimension proved much the best when overcoming a tardy start to narrowly defeat a pair of favorites in the $136,200 Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, the last of three straight stakes on the closing-day Wednesday program at Kentucky Downs.

With Chris Landeros substituting for a shaken-up Corey Lanerie, Dimension was up by a neck in the final jumps to nail Something Extra, who edged Undrafted for second. That narrowly beaten pair both were sent away at 8-5 odds in a field of 10, with Undrafted a slight choice.

Dimension returned $12.40 as the third choice after finishing the 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:17.16 over a firm course. He is trained by Conor Murphy at the Skylight training center just east of Louisville, Ky. It was Dimension’s fifth career stakes win from 25 career starts and his second-richest victory, following the Grade 2 Play the King at Woodbine in August 2013.

Dimension, a 6-year-old British-bred gelding owned by Riverside Bloodstock LLC, earned $58,900, missing out on half of the potential winnings because half of all Kentucky Downs stakes purses are restricted to horses eligible to the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund.

Lanerie, who was named on Dimension, and Rafael Mojica Jr. both escaped serious injury in a spill in the sixth race, a first-level allowance in which their respective mounts, Perfect La Comete and Temily, fell near the half-mile pole. Both jockeys took off all mounts the rest of the day.

The $2 exacta (1-12) paid $44.60, the $1 trifecta (1-12-6) returned $56.80, and the 10-cent superfecta (1-12-6-3) was worth $32.79. There were five early scratches.

The 10-race Wednesday card was the last of five at the annual meet at this turf-only track.

In earlier races:

• White Rose ($11.80) got a terrific stalking trip under Shaun Bridgmohan before forging to a 1 3/4-length victory in the $190,000 first division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon.

La Malaguena led throughout at 29-1 before holding second, a nose before another longshot, Angegreen. White Rose completed the once-around, 1 5/16-mile distance in 2:13.76.

White Rose, a 4-year-old gray filly by Tapit, is owned by Jake Ballis and NBA star Rashard Lewis and is based at Churchill Downs with Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott. It was her first stakes victory and her fourth win overall from 16 starts.

The $2 exacta (5-3) paid $230.60, the $1 trifecta (5-3-8) returned $1,995.70, and the 10-cent superfecta (5-3-8-2) was worth $1,261.17.

• Angel Terrace ($14.40) overtook the front-running I O Ireland in the final furlong in drawing off to a 1 1/2-length score under Florent Geroux in the $109,600 second division of the Ladies Marathon.

Angel Terrace, a 5-year-old Pennyslvania-bred mare owned and bred by the Augustin Stable of George Strawbridge Jr., snapped a nine-race losing streak dating to a division of the Grade 3 Valley View at the 2012 Keeneland fall meet.

Trained by Jonathan Sheppard, Angel Terrace completed 1 5/16 miles in 2:12.24.

“I think she prefers to run in a division of a stakes,” said a kidding Sheppard, who earlier on the card won a maiden race with Ruefully ($37).

Angel Terrace now has won 4 of 17 career starts. She, like Dimension, left half the winner’s share on the proverbial table when earning $59,800 on Wednesday because of the KTDF stipulation.

For Geroux, the victory capped a huge Kentucky Downs meet. On Sept. 13, he won the richest race of the meet, the Kentucky Turf Cup, and one other stakes.

The $2 exacta (10-5) paid $84.40, the $1 trifecta (10-5-6) returned $153.80, and the 10-cent superfecta (10-5-6-8) was worth $53.24.

• Miguel Mena took off his final mount of the day after incurring a leg injury of undetermined severity when his mount in the first Ladies Marathon division, Via Villaggio, broke through the gate beforehand. Mena did ride that race.