Carolyn Chapman and Theresa McArthur's Caller One broke slowly under jockey Kent Desormeaux, but recovered quickly enough to lead at every call en route to a 4 1/2-length win in the $150,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. II) Saturday at Turfway Park. The win is the seventh in 10 career races for the 3-year-old son of Phone Trick, and his first in a graded stakes since a four-length win in the Lafayette (gr. III) at Keeneland in April.
"Something happened in the gate and he broke a little bad," said trainer James Chapman. "He recovered nicely, and he came into the winner's circle hardly breathing at all."
Millencolin finished second, 2 1/2 lengths clear of Kings Command. Personal First, Advanced Edition, and Sligo Creek completed the order of finish. After loading into the starting gate, Harley Quinn was scratched on advice of the track veterinarian. "He kicked the back of the gate and apparently cut himself," trainer Nick Zito said.
"We did well to be second," said D. Wayne Lukas, trainer of Millencolin. "The winner is a legitimate horse, he had his way, and you're not going to catch up with him today with the way the track is playing."
As the 3-10 favorite, Caller One returned $2.60, $2.20, and $2.10. The winning exacta combination paid $7.20.
Caller One earned $93,750 for the win, his third in a row. After finishing fifth at a mile in the Derby Trial (gr. III), he won the Lazarao Barrera Memorial Stakes by two lengths over Dixie Union and the Carry Back Stakes over a sloppy track at Calder Race Course. He was bred in Kentucky by Orpendale and John R. Gaines Thoroughbreds.
"He's a smart horse, and he can overcome problems," said Chapman. "He's going back to Hollywood and then we'll go on to the Breeders' Cup (Sprint, gr. I). (Chart, Equibase