02/02/2006 1:00AM

Frog winners have leapt to further success


Recent tradition says the winner of the WEBN Frog Stakes doesn't only get the biggest slice of a $50,000 purse - he also goes on to win the ensuing leg in the annual winter series of 3-year-old stakes at Turfway Park.

Since 1999, six of the seven winners of the Frog (formerly known as the Presidents Stakes) also have won the next Turfway race, the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes. And that list of winners hasn't been a provincial one, either - it includes K One King (1999), Request for Parole (2002), and Champali (2003), all of whom became graded stakes winners whose combined career earnings total more than $3 million.

That historical backdrop would seem to provide greater incentive to what will transpire here Saturday when the one-mile Frog Stakes is run as a prep to the March 4 Battaglia and the Turfway showcase, the Lane's End Stakes on March 25.

Greg Foley, who trained Champali and the 2004 Frog winner, Silver Minister, has a pair of live runners for the Frog, a one-mile race that drew nine 3-year-olds. Foley, whose stable dominated the 2005 winter-spring meet at Turfway, will send out Final Copy and Readily, both of whom have relished racing over the Polytrack surface at the Florence, Ky., track.

Both Final Copy and Readily have gone 2 for 2 - all in sprints - at Turfway this winter. Final Copy, a Donamire Farm homebred, is the more accomplished of the pair, having easily won the Jan. 7 Turfway Prevue in his last appearance.

Jesus Castanon will return from his wintering grounds at Tampa Bay Downs to ride Final Copy, while apprentice Julien Leparoux, the leading rider in wins in North America this year, has the call on Readily.

Another logical contender is Temporary Saint, an Awesome Again colt who also has won both starts since returning to Turfway this winter. Rafael Mojica Jr. rides for trainer Paul McGee.

The Frog, the nickname for Cincinnati sports radio station WEBN, highlights a 12-race Saturday card. First post is 1:10 p.m. Eastern.

* Racing fans in the Lexington and Louisville areas can tune their radios to catch all the stakes action from Gulfstream Park on Saturday. Pete Kules and Mike Penna are hosting a three-hour broadcast (3-6 p.m. Eastern) to report live on the Donn Handicap and the rest of the major races. Coverage is available on WLXG (1300-AM) in Lexington and WAVG (1450-AM) in Louisville.