Updated on 09/17/2011 6:33PM

Susan's Angel helps Lukas's mood

Susan's Angel wins the $175,000 Turfway Park Breeders' Cup on Saturday by three-quarters of a length.

FLORENCE, Ky. - D. Wayne Lukas abruptly went from agitated to elated Saturday when Susan's Angel gave the Hall of Fame trainer his record 14th win in Kentucky Cup history in the $175,000 .

Susan's Angel, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, turned back a stretch bid from Mayo on the Side to win the Grade 3 Turfway BC by three-quarters of a length. Angela's Love, the 8-5 favorite in a field of six fillies and mares, faded to third after setting most of the pace.

An hour or so before the Turfway BC, Lukas had become upset about what he perceived as an unfair ruling in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile, a race in which he sent out Storied Cat to a fifth-place finish as an odds-on favorite.

Storied Cat wore blinkers leaving the paddock, but the blinkers were ordered removed at the starting gate because Lukas had not made the required request for an equipment change. Lukas was under the impression that Storied Cat had worn blinkers in his last start, an Aug. 21 maiden win at Saratoga, and therefore thought he had not needed to request a change. He angrily chastised several Turfway officials about their decision, but a Saratoga replay showed that the colt had not worn the blinkers.

In any event, Susan's Angel, the lone 3-year-old in the field, showed great determination in racing Angela's Love into defeat, then holding off Mayo on the Side, who rallied from last to just miss.

"We're thrilled to death," said Lukas.

Susan's Angel ($14.40) finished 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.21 over a fast track. She now has won 3 of 11 starts, with the Turfway BC being her second stakes win following one at Monmouth Park this summer.

Lukas said Susan's Angel "probably earned the right to run in a little better race, but we've got Azeri for the Spinster."

Juvenile Fillies: Punch Appeal wires

Punch Appeal ($6.60) led all the way under Shane Sellers to post a 1 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 .

Punch Appeal broke much more smoothly than in a recent fifth-place finish in the Spinaway Stakes, gunning straight to the front in the one-mile race.

"She was away in a bit of a tangle in her last start," said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. "Today she obviously was away in good order."

Punch Appeal had only one serious challenge; that was from Carmandia, the eventual runner-up, who drew even with about a half-mile to go. But Sellers had plenty in reserve for the rest of the way, and his mount responded, prevailing in 1:38.04. Winning Season was up late to snatch third from Wild as Elle. Im a Dixie Girl finished fifth as the 2-1 favorite.

Asmussen said Punch Appeal will run next in the Oct. 8 Alcibiades Stakes, with an eye toward the Breeders' Cup.

Successful Appeal, the first-year sire of Punch Appeal, also was a Kentucky Cup winner, having won the 1999 Sprint.

Juvenile: Greater Good closes to win

Greater Good ($14), ridden by John McKee, rallied from far back to overtake front-running Magna Graduate and win the $100,000 .

Trained by Bob Holthus, Greater Good launched an eye-catching rally in the final turn of the 1 1/16-mile race before proceeding to win by 2 3/4 lengths. Norainonthisparty finished third, while Storied Cat, the 3-5 favorite, faded after pressing the pace.

Down the backstretch, Greater Good was some 18 lengths behind before starting to roll.

"He came from out of the clouds," said Holthus, who also trains Elusive Chris, winner of the Ellis Juvenile last month. "We'll look at his next race at either Keeneland or Churchill Downs."

Greater Good, by first-year sire Intidab, finished in 1:44.96.

Sprint: Holthus and McKee again

Holthus and McKee also won the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint with a last-to-first run, as Level Playingfield, the longest shot in a field of five 3-year-olds, took full advantage of ruinous fractions.

Owned by Fly Racing LLC, Level Playingfield returned $22.80 after finishing in 1:09.76. He trailed the field for much of the way before surging past runner-up Cuvee, who had battled Heckle through fractions of 21.52 and 44.27 seconds.

Level Playingfield had been winless in his last six starts.