Updated on 09/17/2011 11:25AM

Perfect Drift conks Congaree

Perfect Drift (left) and jockey Pat Day collar Congaree turning into the stretch in Saturday's Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park.

FLORENCE, Ky. - He defeated Mineshaft three months ago, and now he has taken down another leader of the North American handicap division. Perfect Drift, the gritty gelding trained by Murray Johnson, on Saturday won the showcase race of the 10th annual Kentucky Cup series at Turfway Park, the $350,000 , gliding past heavily favored Congaree under a hand ride from Pat Day.

Despite the highly impressive performance, there will be no summit meeting at year's end for Perfect Drift. Johnson reiterated that his stable star will not join the top runners in the handicap division by running in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic.

"It looked like Pat had him eased up at the wire, so hopefully he'll come out of this the right way and go on to the next one," said Johnson, referring to the $750,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup on Sept. 28.

Perfect Drift defeated Mineshaft in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. His victory in the Kentucky Cup was easier. Always within striking distance of the front-running Congaree, who loped along on easy fractions of 24.31 seconds, 48.35, and 1:11.84, Perfect Drift eased alongside leaving the quarter pole. With Day never reaching for his whip, Perfect Drift proceeded to edge away and win by a length. He returned $4.80, finishing 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.43 over a fast track.

Congaree, the 1-2 favorite under Edgar Prado, finished another four lengths ahead of Crafty Shaw. Even the Score and M B Sea were never serious factors and completed the order of finish.

Perfect Drift, a 4-year-old gelding by Dynaformer, has now won 8 of 16 starts for his owner and breeder, Kansas City heart surgeon Dr. William Reed. Besides his win by a head over Mineshaft three months ago, his other major victories include the 2002 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway, making him the first horse to win both of the track's marquee events. The $221,500 winner's share lifted his career bankroll to $1,771,368.

Juveniles Fillies: Class Above by 16

Making just her second career start after easily winning a maiden sprint at Del Mar last month, Class Above, with Edgar Prado riding, cruised into contention on the backstretch of the one-mile $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, then pulled away with little effort on the far turn and went on to a 16-length victory.

Prado said he was very impressed, and added he is looking forward to the filly's next probable start, the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

Class Above, a Kentucky-bred trained by Bob Baffert, returned $3.60 as the favorite and completed one mile in 1:39.04 over a fast track.

Renaissance Lady finished second, another 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Sweet Jo Jo in the field of eight.

Juvenile: Mr. Jester placed first

A half-hour later, Prado also finished first aboard the odds-on favorite in the $100,000 KC Juvenile, but his mount, Pomeroy, was disqualified.

After an inquiry and an objection by Shane Sellers, who rode The Cliff's Edge, the Turfway stewards determined that an incident in upper stretch was sufficient to disqualify Pomeroy from first and place him third behind The Cliff's Edge. That gave the victory in the Grade 3 Juvenile to Mr. Jester, a 20-1 shot who fell a head short of catching Pomeroy at the wire.

Mr. Jester, a Silver Deputy colt based at Louisiana Downs for trainer Steve Wren, was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and returned $43.20. The time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:46.61.

Last-place finisher Golden Tones pulled up badly and had to be vanned off.

Turfway BC: Smok'n Frolic pulls away

Smok'n Frolic, the 9-5 favorite under Prado, dominated from the half-mile pole to the wire for a 3 1/2-length win over Awesome Humor in the Grade 3, $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup, the second-richest race of the series.

Based in New York with trainer Todd Pletcher, Smok'n Frolic ($5.60) came to the leaders at the half-mile pole and won with flair, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.98.

Awesome Humor, the 2-1 second choice, gave game chase and finished second in a graded stakes race for the third straight time. She finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of So Much More, who had another 1 3/4 lengths on Hi Tech Honeycomb. Desert Gold was an early scratch, leaving a field of nine fillies and mares.

Sprint: Cajun Beat over Clock Stopper

Cajun Beat ($17.20) drove to a length victory over late-running Clock Stopper in the final race of the Kentucky Cup series, the Grade 3, $100,000 KC Sprint. Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez and trained by Steve Margolis, Cajun Beat finished six furlongs in 1:09.54.

Champali, the 2-1 favorite under Day, finished third in a field of 11 3-year-olds. Ozzie Cat, a 70-1 shot, was fourth.