09/09/2017 6:34PM

Hogy outlasts Commend, Undrafted in Turf Sprint

Reed Palmer Photography/Kentucky Downs
Hogy paid $7 as the favorite in the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint.

FRANKLIN, Ky. – Doing what he was claimed to do, the 8-year-old Hogy outgamed a couple of other hard knockers Saturday in winning the $398,000 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint.

Making his first start since Mike Maker claimed him for $80,000 on behalf of owner Michael Hui, Hogy got a clean outside trip under Florent Geroux in prevailing by a neck in a frantic finish over Commend, with Undrafted just another nose back in third. The winner paid $7 as a slight favorite in a field of 10 after finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.88 over a firm course.

“We’d love to take a shot at the Breeders’ Cup,” said Hui (pronounced Hoy), referring to the Nov. 4 BC Turf Sprint at Del Mar. “Not many people claim a horse for $80,000, but we decided it was worth the risk.”

Hogy, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Offlee Wild, now has a remarkable 17 wins and 11 seconds from 45 career starts. His career bankroll stands at $1,131,927 after he earned $235,600 to more than pay for the Hui claim. Most of his prior earnings came for owner Bill Stiritz and trainer Scott Becker when based primarily in Illinois.

The $2 exacta (10-1) paid $28.40, the $1 trifecta (10-1-7) returned $54.90, and the 10-cent superfecta (10-1-7-2) was worth $70.01.

Lull ($8) wins Ladies Sprint

One race earlier, Lull relaxed beautifully under Brian Hernandez Jr. when making her first start against older horses and shortening back from a mile in a two-length score in the filly-mare counterpart, the $348,000 Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint.

She paid $8 after finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:17.22.

It was the second win in as many stakes tries at Kentucky Downs for Lull, a 3-year-old War Front filly bred and owned by Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider. She won the Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies last fall.

“She loves this course,” Claiborne president Walker Hancock said. “We’ll have to talk about what we do next with her.”

Lull, trained by Christophe Clement, was coming off a runner-up finish in the Grade 2 San Clemente at a mile on the Del Mar turf. She now has won 3 of 9 career starts.

Happy Mesa and Morticia completed a sweep of the top three spots by 3-year-olds when separated by a neck for second and third, respectively. Fair Point was another neck back in fourth in a field of 10.

The $2 exacta (5-10) paid $125.80, the $1 trifecta (5-10-6) returned $345, and the 10-cent superfecta (5-10-6-2) was worth $202.80.