08/25/2012 2:10PM

Mountaineer: Gorder’s pair looking good in feature


Kentucky-based trainer Kellyn Gorder, who has been winning with a high percentage of horses he has shipped to Mountaineer Racetrack the past six months, can pad his already impressive statistics when he sends out a pair of uncoupled contenders in Tuesday night’s featured ninth race.

Five Afleet and Glint are part of seven-horse lineup in a 5 1/2-furlong allowance sprint restricted to horses who have never won four races. The 10-race card includes two other allowance events, both for nonwinners of two, on the turf.

Gorder, who has horses in training at both Churchill Downs and Keeneland this summer, has gone 10 for 25 (40 percent) this season at Mountaineer, with a remarkable 88 percent finishing in the money. Despite his success, Gorder is still posting a profitable $2.71 return on investment, thanks in large part to Catch My Eye’s score at 9-1 on June 30.

Glint, ridden by Mountaineer’s perennial leader, Deshawn Parker, is the stronger part of Gorder’s entry. The 4-year-old Glint, whose first three starts this season came going a mile on turf at Fair Grounds, switched surfaces and shortened in distance to get up by a neck in his Mountaineer debut in a nonwinners-of-three allowance on July 22. He is now 2 for 3 lifetime on dirt.

Five Alert, a 5-year-old gelding who has raced just 10 times, collected his third lifetime win for a $15,000 claiming price at Churchill Downs in June. He most recently finished fourth as the 4-5 favorite for a $7,500 tag going 7 1/2 furlongs at Hoosier Park.

Among the others in Tuesday’s lineup, Papa Vito takes the next logical step up after upsetting nonwinners-of-three allowance company at 15-1 in late June. On the down side, he is 0 for 11 in sprints contested between five and 5 1/2 furlongs.

Faisal Prince makes his first start since June 3, when he finished third as the 6-5 favorite at the same level as Tuesday’s race. Based in Kentucky with trainer Tom Bergin, Faisal Prince is 1 for 4 shipping into Mountaineer this season. That win came against second-level optional $20,000 claiming company on May 14.