05/17/2005 11:00PM

River Downs track report


Monday's featured $15,700 allowance for older horses at six furlongs marked the seasonal debut of Ben's Reflection, a leading Ohio-bred sprinter from last season. Winner of the Honey Jay Handicap and Best of Ohio Sprint last fall, Ben's Reflection sported a 6-for-6 record over the main track at River Downs heading into Monday's race.

Ben's Reflection started as the 1-2 favorite, but could finish no better than third behind his old nemesis, Cayenne Red, who led gate-to-wire under leading jockey Rodney Prescott. Cayenne Red had lost to Ben's Reflection in their last encounter in the Honey Jay, but defeated him twice in allowance company at Thistledown last summer.

Cayenne Red covered six furlongs in 1:10, which according to Daily Racing Form statistics, is the fastest clocking at the distance at River Downs this decade. Cayenne Red earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

* Jockey Hector Rosario Jr. won three races on Sunday's seven-race card. His winners were Gold Brick ($8.20), Better Road ($6.40), and Noble Maxx ($8.40).