01/05/2002 1:00AM

Turfway: Perfect Drift wins Prevue


Perfect Drift made a strong move between horses on the turn, and then drew off to a convincing victory in the $47,500 Turfway Prevue at Turfway Park.

Jockey Tony D'Amico, who was aboard for trainer Murray Johnson, gave just one hard crack of his whip to Perfect Drift as the Dynaformer colt prevailed by four lengths over front-running World Champion. Thunder on Land finished third in a field reduced to seven 3-year-olds by three early scratches.

The winner paid $7 after finishing 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:18.15 over a fast track.

Perfect Drift, bred and owned by Dr. William Reed of Kansas City, Mo., has won two of three starts. Johnson said Perfect Drift, based at the Trackside training facility in Louisville, may race again at Turfway or be taken to Oaklawn Park.

The Turfway Prevue was the first stakes this year at the Florence, Ky., track for 3-year-olds, with the March 23 Lane's End Spiral culminating the series.

One race earlier, Iffy ($5.60) rallied to win an open allowance sprint for 3-year-old fillies. She was coming off a third-place finish in the Dec. 22 Gowell Stakes.