01/24/2008 12:00AM

Maker has Korbyn Gold at his best


Korbyn Gold is in his third incarnation with trainer Mike Maker, and this one is working out well, too. After winning all three starts in two previous stints with Maker, Korbyn Gold has won twice more since returning to the Maker stable in June, and off a sharp recent triumph, the 7-year-old looks like the horse to beat Saturday in the $50,000 Forego Stakes at Turfway Park.

Korbyn Gold will break from posto4 under John McKee in the Forego, a 6 1/2-furlong Polytrack race that drew a full gate of 12 older horses. In a Dec. 29 allowance prep for the Forego, Korbyn Gold drew clear to win with a flourish, and Maker said he believes another victory could be in store.

"His race before the prep was a good one, too," said Maker, who won his first training title at the 2007 holiday meet at Turfway. Referring to a Dec. 1 allowance at Turfway, he noted that Korbyn Gold "went to his head at the start, ripped off a pretty good piece of his quarter, and pretty much lost all chance."

Korbyn Gold was claimed by the Scarlet Stable from Maker and owner Mike Huscroft off a winning race in May at Churchill Downs, and after a requisite 30-day waiting period and one race for a different trainer, the new owners asked Maker to take the horse back, citing his prior success.

"The horse has a history of bleeding, but we use a hyperbaric chamber for treating that, and it's worked with him," said Maker.

Besides Korbyn Gold, other logical contenders in the Forego include Carnacks Choice, winner of the Lafayette in April over Polytrack at Keeneland; Forest Blue, unbeaten in three career starts for WinStar Farm and trainer Shannon Ritter; Roi Charmant, a 7-year-old horse with nearly $250,000 in career earnings; and Three Twenty Three, runner-up in the Holiday Cheer on the Dec. 29 card at Turfway.

Foley reaches 1,000-win milestone

Veteran trainer Greg Foley sent out the 1,000th winner of his career when Cherokee Nation led gate-to-wire in capturing the ninth race on the Wednesday card at Turfway. Cherokee Nation, owned in partnership by Foley and Clarkland Farm, returned $4.20 as the favorite in the 1o1/16-mile maiden claiming race.

In a 27-year career dating to 1981, Foley, 50, has won five training titles at Turfway, and one each at Churchill and Ellis Park.

* Citing wind-chill temperatures nearing zero, Turfway canceled its nine-race Thursday afternoon card early in the day.