09/22/2014 12:22PM

Kentucky Downs closes meet with three stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
If White Rose runs her best race, she will be hard to beat in a division of the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon Wednesday.

Kentucky Downs closes its five-day meet Wednesday with a program overflowing with horses whose connections are clamoring for a last chance to compete for purses swollen by Instant Racing revenues.

The result is a 10-race finale that includes three stakes and very contentious fields. Originally, only two stakes were scheduled, but so many horses (23) were entered in the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon that the race was split into two divisions, each worth $200,000. The third stakes is the Kentucky Downs Turf Dash, also worth $200,000.

The first division of the Ladies Marathon (race 7) has White Rose, a romping allowance winner over the Churchill Downs turf two starts back in June, as one of a handful of viable threats. Shaun Bridgmohan rides for Racing Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 5 White Rose. Trainer Bill Mott is winless in 27 starts over the past five years at Kentucky Downs. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

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“Bill thinks she should like the European-style course, so we’re excited about running her down there,” said Jake Ballis, who owns White Rose with NBA standout Rashard Lewis. “If she runs back to her two-back race at Churchill, she has as good a chance as anyone, we think.”

The Ladies Marathon is a once-around race at 1 5/16 miles over the undulating, irregularly shaped turf course. The second division (race 8) is as well matched as the first, with Lady Aspen, Tabreed, Topic, and Angel Terrace among the main contenders.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 4 Lady Aspen. Trainer Todd Pletcher is 4 for 9 with a $4.02 ROI over the past five years at Kentucky Downs. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

The six-furlong Turf Dash (race 9) drew an oversubscribed field of older horses, with the likely favorites being the Wesley Ward-trained Undrafted, winner of the Grade 3 Jaipur on the Belmont Stakes undercard two starts back, and Something Extra, a multiple graded winner in Canada.

Half of most Kentucky Downs purses, including the three Wednesday stakes, include bonus incentives from the Kentucky Thoroughbred Development Fund and are restricted to horses nominated to that program.

DRF FORMULATOR FACT: No. 6 Undrafted. Trainer Wesley Ward is 36 for 171 with a $1.87 ROI over the past five years in turf sprints following a layoff of 45 days or more. Click for more details. Mike Hogan

First post Wednesday is 1:35 p.m. Central. The forecast for Wednesday calls for a high of 81 and no chance of rain.

Kentucky Downs is located near Franklin, Ky., on the Tennessee border in south-central Kentucky.

Into the final card, Julien Leparoux and Rosie Napravnik are tied for leading jockey with six wins apiece. Both will be active on the Wednesday card. Ward, with five wins, leads the trainer standings over Wayne Catalano and Mike Maker, who have three wins each.

Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (first division, race 7)


Street of Gold (Last 3 Beyers: 89-85-85)

◗ Consistent filly has gone winless this year, but that’s partly because she has faced some of the best around; the Grade 1 Beverly D. was her last start.

◗ She gets a measure of class relief here.

White Rose (Last 3 Beyers: 76-92-82)

◗ Explosive Churchill victory in June was just what connections had been seeking from a gray filly who has flirted on the stakes fringes for quite some time.

◗ The long Kentucky Downs lane suits her style.

Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon (second division, race 8)


Lady Aspen (Last 3 Beyers: 82-84-65)

◗ It’s been quite a while between wins for this 6-year-old mare.

◗ She exits some pretty tough Grade 3 races.

◗ She could get a nice stalking trip from Robby Albarado while saving ground to post a mild upset.

Tabreed (Last 3 Beyers: 83-81-86)

◗ Kentucky racing fans who saw her Keeneland victory last fall aren’t likely to have forgotten it, as she was about as visually impressive as a horse can be that day.

◗ Have to wonder why she hasn’t run back to that peak effort.

Topic (Last 3 Beyers: 64-90-80)

◗ Her saddle slipped at Del Mar in her last, and the flashy two-back effort at Delaware was more representative of her ability.

◗ She represents the Hall of Fame stable of Neil Drysdale, who already has a win at this abbreviated meet.

Kentucky Downs Turf Dash (race 9)


Undrafted (Last 3 Beyers: N/A -101-96)

◗ Hard-knocker owned by NFL star receiver Wes Welker really put it all together on Belmont Day before finishing a highly creditable fourth when trying some of Europe’s finest turf sprinters in a Group 1 stakes at Newmarket in his last out in July.

Something Extra (Last 3 Beyers: 93-93-100)

◗ Can’t help but admire those superior Beyers this 6-year-old gelding has compiled in a 26-race career in which he has racked up a field-high bankroll of $751,656.

◗ Outer post can afford Leparoux a key tactical advantage with a clean stalk-and-see trip.