02/16/2008 1:00AM

Promised Promise (and card) are live


FLORENCE, Ky. - The typical Monday at Turfway Park usually means someone will wind up screaming at a television, as if such action will actually accomplish something. But this Monday, racing fans can scream at horses as they run down the stretch, because Turfway will host a 10-race card on what otherwise would be a dark day.

Turfway has had several weather-related cancellations since the winter-spring meet began Jan. 1, and management thought it would be appropriate to make up some of that lost time by racing on Presidents Day and on another Monday, St. Patrick's Day, March 17. The composition of the program on this first Monday isn't exactly stellar, but for fans who prefer live action to simulcasting, here you go.

A feature race, as such, does not really exist on this makeup day, so the fifth race, a starter-allowance route, will have to do. Carrying a day's-best purse of $15,000, and restricted to 3-year-olds who have won maiden-claiming races for $30,000 or less but haven't won again, the one-mile Polytrack race drew a well-matched field of six.

Promised Promise, a Royal Anthem colt who will break from the rail under Rodney Prescott, looks like the horse to beat. After winning in his third start on Dec. 23, Promised Promise prompted all the pace in a first-level allowance before fading to fifth in a respectable effort.

Joe Cain, who has run one of the more successful stables at Turfway over the last decade or so, is the trainer of Promised Promise. Cain, 52, logs tens of thousands of miles each year traveling among Kentucky racetracks and his private farm in the rural town of Russell Springs in southeastern Kentucky. Cain's best horse was Private Horde, an earner of $728,643 in 47 starts.

Lining up outside of Promised Promise, in order, will be this quintet: Double Highway, Gold Appeal, Justapremonition, Roboponi, and Meisterwerk. Of those, Roboponi could be tough, given a repeat of his recent maiden triumph.

First post Monday is 1:10 p.m. Eastern.

After Monday and a dark Tuesday, Turfway will reopen Wednesday with a nine-race afternoon card. The lone stakes next week is Saturday's $50,000 Valdale, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies. The next leg in Turfway's annual series for 3-year-old colts and geldings, the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial, will be run on March 1. The Battaglia is the local prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Lane's End Stakes, set for March 22.