Updated on 09/17/2011 10:23PM

Silverfoot completes stakes triple for Bejarano

JJ Zamaiko
Silverfoot and Rafael Bejarano win the $200,000 Kentucky Cup Turf on Saturday.

FRANKLIN, Ky. - Jockey Rafael Bejarano owned the Kentucky Downs turf course in 2004, winning with 12 of 35 mounts, easily the best meet by a jockey in the track's history. Saturday, riding on Kentucky Cup Turf Festival Day, Bejarano showed he had lost none of his winning touch, winning three of the track's four stakes, including the featured $200,000 aboard Silverfoot.

As he did with many of his mounts Saturday, Bejarano kept the late-running Silverfoot along the inside of the course for the stretch run. After advancing with him on the outside on the final turn, Bejarano made the decision to dive to the inside for the stretch, and Silverfoot did the rest, blowing past the field to score a 6 3/4-length victory over Rochester.

Rochester, a two-time winner of the race, outlasted Gallo Del Bar by a head for second after surging to the lead coming into the stretch.

Silverfoot, second to Better Talk Now in the United Nations Handicap at Monmouth, rebounded from a poor effort in his most recent start in the Sword Dancer at Saratoga on Aug. 13, when he finished seventh. Silverfoot's win was his third in five starts this year.

The Kentucky Cup Turf, a Grade 3, was the third graded stakes victory of Silverfoot's career. He won back to back runnings of the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap in 2004-2005.

Silverfoot ($4.80), trained by Dallas Stewart, raced 1 1/2 miles in 2:30.30.

Ladies Turf: A change in tactics

Miss Wellspring, a closer for most of her career, utilized a change in tactics to win the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Ladies Turf. Showing surprising speed under Bejarano, Miss Wellspring earned half-length victory over longshot Juliet's Kiss, with Fast Cookie a head farther back in third.

The winner and the runner-up came into the Ladies with the benefit of recent experience over the local course. Miss Wellspring and Juliet's Kiss had been third and fourth, respectively, in the Pleasant Temper Stakes a week earlier.

The 4-year-old Miss Wellspring ($23.20) won for the sixth time in 22 starts for owners John Eaten and Steve Laymon. Greg Foley trained the winner, who raced a mile on a firm course in 1:39.25.

Spring Season, the favorite, finished fourth.

Turf Dash: Durban Thunder skims rail

Jockey Calvin Borel added to his reputation for rail-skimming rides by winning the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Dash with the inside-rallying Durban Thunder.

Although Borel was able to save ground, the trip was anything but easy. Atticus Kristy, the eventual runner-up, drifted in through the stretch run, leaning into the winner and intimidating that one into the fence. Durban Thunder got through, however, with Borel quipping after the rough trip that "the rail is a little bent."

Durban Thunder, a 4-year-old who began his career in Brazil where he was a Group 1 winner, won for the second time in two U.S. starts.

Durban Thunder ($8.40) raced six furlongs in 1:10.30, the third-fastest time in the eight-year history of the Kentucky Cup Turf Dash.

His win gave trainer Helen Pitts the first stakes victory of her short training career. A longtime assistant to trainer Kenny McPeek, she went out on her own this spring at Churchill Downs after McPeek left training to become a bloodstock agent. Pitts also won the Martha Washington, Saturday's feature at Laurel Park, with Sweet Talker.

Atticus Kristy, who finished two lengths in front of Super Fuse in third, survived a stewards' inquiry to hold the runner-up spot. Jockey Bill Troilo, who rode fourth-place Sgt. Bert, claimed interference in the stretch. Sgt. Bert had raced between Atticus Kristy and Durban Thunder in the stretch.

Tacirring, the 6-5 favorite following four consecutive stakes victories, was a non-factor, finishing fifth.

* Favored Seeking Answers ($6.20) won his first stakes in the $50,000 Yaqthan, defeating 2004 Kentucky Cup Mile winner Missme by two lengths under Bejarano.

Turfway: Last to first in Marfa

Capitalizing on a blistering pace, Level Playingfield rallied from last to first to win the $75,000 Marfa Stakes at Turfway Park.

Appearing hopelessly out of touch with the field early, Level Playingfield shot through the stretch under jockey John McKee, catching early leaders Korbyn Gold and With Distinction in the closing yards to score by a length. Korbyn Gold, who controlled the pace, held second narrowly over With Distinction.

Level Playingfield ($9.20), winner of the Kentucky Cup Spring at Turfway in 2004, won for the seventh time in 26 starts. Rallying behind splits of 22.39 and 44.90 seconds, he raced 6 1/2 furlongs on a fast track in 1:17.08.