Rize's Monday Work To Determine Kentucky Cup Status

Rize's Monday Work To Determine Kentucky Cup Status
Photo: Associated Press/ Equi -Photo/ Bill Denver
Rize, ridden by Jose C. Ferrer, wining the $350,000 Philip H. Iselin Handicap at Monmouth Park Aug. 27, 2000.
Rize, the nine-length winner of the Philip H. Iselin Handicap (gr. II) in his most recent start, will breeze Monday morning at Turfway Park in a work that will determine his status for Saturday's $500,000 Kentucky Cup Classic (gr. II). If he is entered, the 4-year-old son of Theatrical will likely face Golden Missile, Cat Thief, Early Pioneer, and Captain Steve in the 1 1/8-mile race.

Both Golden Missile and Cat Thief worked on Saturday at Turfway. Golden Missile, a 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy, went six furlongs in 1:15 4/5 under exercise rider Keith Ricks. In his most recent start, the Joe Orseno trainee finished a troubled fifth in the Whitney Handicap (gr. I). The Stronach Stable's runner will go to post under Kent Desormeaux as the 121-pound highweight.

Overbrook Farm's Cat Thief went five furlongs in :59 4/5 on Saturday. The 4-year-old son of Storm Cat finished third in the Kentucky Cup last year before winning the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). The D. Wayne Lukas trainee, however, is winless since the Classic, but he did finish second to Lemon Drop Kid in the Whitney when last out.

Swaps Stakes (gr. I) winner Captain Steve will be ridden by Shane Sellers. Robby Albarado has the mount on Early Pioneer.

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