12/27/2004 1:00AM

Turfway: Angel Trumpet scores as choice

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Despite losing his irons at the start, Rafael Bejarano guided Angel Trumpet to a popular three-length victory in the 20th running of the $50,000 Gowell Stakes at Turfway Park in Florence, Ky.

Angel Trumpet, bred and owned by Dreabon Copeland and trained by Bernie Flint, caught the eventual runner-up, Coronado Rose, entering the far turn in the six-furlong Gowell, then steadily drew clear for her first stakes victory, and third win overall, from eight lifetime starts. Flint also sent out the third-place finisher, Im a Dixie Girl, in the field of eight 2-year-old fillies.

Angel Trumpet, by Cape Canaveral, returned $4 and was timed in 1:09.62 over a fast track.

"She jumped out of the gate and took off very fast, and I went back," said Bejarano, who never missed a beat in regaining both irons down the backstretch.

Bejarano, the 22-year-old who dominated the Kentucky circuit this year before leaving for New York in mid-November in the wake of the jockey-insurance controversy at Churchill Downs, rode two other winners on the Sunday card. He was scheduled to ride here Monday and Tuesday before returning to Aqueduct on Wednesday for the resumption of live racing in New York.