09/24/2006 11:00PM

Kentucky Cup Turf Dash preview


Kentucky Downs - Race 2
Kentucky Cup Turf Dash Stakes
6 Furlongs (Turf)
3-year-olds and up
Purse $100,000.

It looks like SUMMER SERVICE was claimed with this race in mind, and he has run some excellent numbers in recent New York turf sprints. Although the beaten favorite in his last two races, SUMMER SERVICE ran well to be third in the Grade 3 Jaipur despite a troubled trip in late May. He doesn't show a published workout since his last start, but has won three races off layoff lines in his career. At 10-1 on the track's morning line, he should be used in exotics and multi-race wagers, and should be charging hard in the stretch,
Multiple stakes-winner MOCHA QUEEN looks like an intriguing play at 20-1 on the morning line. She demolished her opponents three back at Churchill Downs with a 100 Beyer Speed Figure, then faced some tough fillies in the Grade 3 Royal North at Woodbine last time out. The winner of that race, Hide and Chic, finished second in the Grade 1 Test last year, and returned from the Royal North to win a graded race on Woodbine's Polytrack. Runner-up Financing Available returned to win her next two races, and is 9-18 in her career. Mocha Queen has enough tactical speed to sit a good pace-tracking, ground-saving trip, but she'll tackle males for the first time in her career.
ATTICUS KRISTY just missed in this race last year, and he always seems to be around at the finish. The winner of the Grade 3 Shakertown at Keeneland earlier this year, Atticus Kristy exits a turf sprint at Calder that went slightly slower than a similar 5 furlong event for fillies and mares on the grass that day. He boasts competitive Beyers, and shouldn't be ignored.
JUSTICE FOR AUSTON has some talent, but the inconsistent veteran hasn't won this year, and has 17 runner-up finishes on his record. He burns a lot of money, and didn't gallop out with much gusto when second in an optional claimer at Arlington last time out. He goes second off the bench, but may be best played 'underneath.'
Lightly-raced ACTUAL has won four of his last six races, but gets a class test off the layoff.
DIXIE TREE may have the most early speed of this bunch, and could attempt a gate-to-wire score from the far outside post. He's another that should be sharper in his second start back.

1. Summer Service
2. Mocha Queen
3. Atticus Kristy