06/25/2011 12:25PM

Here Comes Ben has Forego repeat on schedule

Churchill Downs/ Reed Palmer Photography
Here Comes Ben repeats in the Kelly's Landing Friday night at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It seems Here Comes Ben has this night racing thing down pat.

His Friday evening victory in $76,455 Kelly’s Landing overnight stakes before a crowd of 25,523 at Churchill Downs was his second straight win in the overnight stakes, which last year also came during a “Downs After Dark” card. Given the ease with which he won by 3 1/4 lengths Friday over the classy Captain Cherokee, perhaps a repeat in the Grade 1 Forego is in his future.

Trainer Charlie Lopresti said Saturday that pending approval from Here Comes Ben’s owners, Marianne and Brandon Chase, the horse would likely head to Saratoga for the Sept. 3 Forego, a seven-furlong race he won last year over Eclipse winner Big Drama.

Following two subpar races to begin the year, Here Comes Ben looked like his old self in the Kelly’s Landing by racing seven furlongs in 1:22.26 under Jon Court. He received a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

“I’m really proud of him,” said Lopresti. “That was the kind of race I wanted for him.”

Lopresti mentioned possibly running Here Comes Ben in an overnight stakes or allowance at Saratoga in preparation for the Forego. A return appearance in the Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile here in early November is a long-term goal. He ran 11th in the 2010 Dirt Mile at Churchill with a troubled trip.

Also likely to run at the Spa this summer for Lopresti is Opening Verse winner Turalure, who is being considered for the Grade 2 Fourstardave at 1 1/16 miles on grass July 31.

One horse not likely to run anywhere this year is 2010 Fayette winner Successful Dan, Lopresti said. Recurring suspensory issues have again sidelined him, and Successful Dan, winner of last year’s Fayette Handicap at Keeneland, needs time to recover with the hope to get him to the races next year.

“It kills me,” Lopresti said.

* Wine Police made a successful racing return Friday. Unraced since a third in the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga Sept. 6, Wine Police won a first-level allowance by running 6  1/2 furlongs in 1:16.56 under Robby Albarado. He was awarded an 84 Beyer. A 3-year-old son of Speightstown, Wine Police is trained by Steve Asmussen.

* Because two races will be added to next Friday night’s card, Churchill Downs has changed its first-race post time to 5 p.m. Eastern, one hour earlier than the usual 6 p.m. start time. The Friday card, the final night racing program of the meet, will conclude as originally scheduled at 11:10 p.m.