Updated on 09/16/2011 9:18AM

Jake runs down Glick to win Mile


FRANKLIN, Ky. - Jake the Flake wore down Glick in the final sixteenth of a mile to win the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Mile, the secondary feature of the Kentucky Cup grass series Saturday at Kentucky Downs.

Jake the Flake, a 6-year-old Gold Spring gelding, closed from last to win by three-quarters of a length. Pyrus, the early pacesetter in a field of eight, finished third, another 3 1/2 lengths back.

"He probably got around there better than any horse I've ridden here," said winning jockey Calvin Borel. "He just skipped over it. The mile also helps him. It's probably his best distance. He's got that eighth of a mile punch that really works."

Jake the Flake, owned by Pam Slaughter and Jack Murphy and trained by Hal Wiggins, finished the mile in 1:40.86 over a good turf course. He returned $8.20 as second choice.

Glick, winner of the KC Mile in 2000, took over for Pyrus turning for home and shook clear down the long Kentucky Downs stretch, but he was unable to hold off Jake the Flake in the final yards.

Wiggins, who won the KC Turf last year with Chorwon, said he was unsure where he would next spot Jake the Flake, now a winner of $452,961 and nine races from 31 career starts.

* San Dare, a 4-year-old filly who seemingly took forever to make it through her first allowance condition, posted her first stakes victory when she surged past longshot Doubly Fun to win the $100,000 Ladies Turf by 1 1/2 lengths.

Trained by Rick Hiles, San Dare returned $22.20 after finishing a mile in 1:42.55. San Dare, claimed for $30,000 last year by owner David Mounts, had shaken her bridesmaid tag by winning two of her last four starts. In her last race, she narrowly missed catching Kiss the Devil in the Dade Turf Classic at Ellis Park.

"I loved her today," said winning jockey Willie Martinez. "Her last race, she showed me what she had. When I asked her today, she was all there. From what I can tell, she's really started getting good for Mr. Hiles."

Doubly Fun, a 53-1 shot, finished seven lengths ahead of Sluice. Solvig, the 9-5 favorite, finished ninth, while Four Plus Four, the 7-2 second choice, faded to last in the field of 10.

The victory in the Ladies Turf was the first for a trainer other than Elliott Walden, who won the first four runnings. Walden had no starter this year.

* Jeff Thornbury, an 18-year training veteran, posted the richest victory of his career when Red Lightning drove past favored Aloha Bold to win the $100,000 Turf Dash by 2 1/2 lengths. Mighty Beau finished another three lengths back in third.

Red Lightning, owned by Skip Maas and ridden by Borel, returned $19 after finishing six furlongs in 1:14.90. A 4-year-old Storm Boot colt, he stalked the pace set by Dancing Missile and Supremo Secret, then drove to his fourth victory in 25 lifetime starts.

Thornbury, 49, said Red Lightning likely would run next in the Oct. 4 Nureyev at Keeneland and/or the Oct. 27 Smile at Arlington.