09/08/2012 6:00PM

Kentucky Downs: Miz Ida beats elders in Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf


Miz Ida surged past her elders, coming from far back to post her second straight stakes victory Saturday in the $75,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf  on opening day of the six-day meet at turf-only Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Ky.

With Shaun Bridgmohan riding for trainer Steve Margolis, Miz Ida caught Ridgester approaching the sixteenth pole before going clear to win by 3 3/4 lengths. She returned $8.60 as a slight favorite. Ridgester was another three lengths before Affair Dabbler in the field of 11.

Miz Ida, a 3-year-old Proud Citizen filly bred and owned by the Klein family of Louisville, now has won 5 of 9 starts. She also won the LaCombe Memorial at Fair Grounds last winter and the Indiana Distaff in her last race before Saturday.

A course rendered yielding by heavy local rains produced incredibly slow clockings throughout the opening card, including 1:50.46 for Miz Ida in the one-mile Ladies Turf.

Margolis, speaking from Presque Isle Downs, said, "She ran a big race and it really seems like she's improving. I'd guess we might run her next at Keeneland or Churchill Downs, preferably going a mile or so. She's a little filly but she's got a lot of guts."

** Depeche Chat ($29.80) got his first career stakes win when he romped to a 6 1/2-length score in the $75,000 Franklin-Simpson Mile under Brian Hernandez Jr.

Uncle Brent finished second, another length before San Antone in third, while Seruni, the 9-10 favorite, faltered to be fifth. Rusty Arnold trains both the first and third finishers.

Depeche Chat, a 4-year-old Florida-bred gelding, now has won 4 of 14 starts. His winning time for the mile was 1:51.20.

** Good Lord ($14) notched his third straight stakes triumph by rallying from mid-pack to take the $75,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash by 2 1/4 lengths under Gabriel Saez. Forrest Kaelin is the trainer of Good Lord, winner of dirt stakes at Charles Town and Ellis Park in his two prior starts. He finished the six-furlong distance in 1:18.58.

Icon Ike was second, another 6 1/4 lengths before Will's Wildcat, while Noble's Promise, the 2-1 favorite in a field of nine, faded after contesting the pace to be fourth in his 10th straight defeat.