09/21/2007 11:00PM

General Jumbo wins in course-record time

EmailFRANKLIN, Ky. – A horse that began his career in Britain, General Jumbo fittingly won Saturday's Grade 3, $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf over the European-style turf course at Kentucky Downs.

In scoring in his first stakes win in 22 starts, General Jumbo stalked the pace in midpack early, as Starspangled Gator raced uncontested on the early lead. Never far behind the moderate pace, he began a three-wide advance on the final turn to tackle the leaders, and proved narrowly best in the stretch, defeating Fri Guy by a half-length.

Over a quick, firm course, General Jumbo raced 1 1/2 miles in course-record time of 2:26.98 under Jeremy Rose. He paid $6.80.

Fri Guy finished three lengths ahead of Golden Strategy in third.

General Jumbo, a 5-year-old son of Dansili, won his fourth race. He is owned by Thomas Conway and trained by Graham Motion.

Ladies: Quiet Royal weaves to win

Since finishing third in the Gradeo1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes last fall, Quiet Royal had been a tough-luck filly, catching paceless races and experiencing traffic trouble in others.

In the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies, things finally went her way. Despite breaking tardily, she was able to rally through the pack, getting through along the inside to win by three-quarters of a length under Chris DeCarlo.

Quiet Royal, a 4-year-old daughter of Royal Academy owned by the Wertheimer brothers and trained by Todd Pletcher, seemed destined for another unfortunate trip when blocked behind horses leaving the turn. But as those horses fanned out for the stretch run, and with front-running Rich Fantasy drifting out under left-handed whipping, the winner found the room along the rail.

Rich Fantasy, who set the pace with fractions of 48.73 seconds and 1:13.92 in the mile race, held second, a head in front of Camela Carson, who had given chase behind Rich Fantasy for much of the race.

The winner ran the mile in 1:37.42, and paid $4.

Turf Dash: Hold the Salt wires 'em

Hold the Salt stole the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash on the lead, establishing a course record, but it was his rider, 57-year-old veteran Charlie Woods, who stole the show.

Riding at an age when most of his peers have long since retired, Woods got Hold the Salt to control the pace with modest fractions of 22.37 and 45.38 in the six-furlong grass race, and urged his mount clear in the stretch to win by two lengths over Shark. There was a gap of four lengths back to favored Ecclesiastic in third.

The joy of winning was apparent in Woods's face after the race, as if knowing he can still compete against riders that are half or even a third of his age.

Woods said Hold the Salt did all of the work in the Turf Dash. Being fresh off a layoff, the gelding pulled him straight to the lead. Facing no early challenge, Hold the Salt had plenty left.

Hold the Salt, owned by Cynthia Knight and trained by James Dodgen, completed six furlongs in 1:09.25. He won for the eighth time in 16 starts, paying $25.60.

o Racing for the first time since July of last year, Art Moderne won the $50,000 Franklin Stakes by a neck.