The first pari-mutuel race on the new Polytrack at Turfway Park won't take place until Sept. 7, but the surface already has produced a stakes winner.
Tommy Panache, who won the first of three "trial" races Polytrack trial races Aug. 24 at Turfway, made his career debut Sept. 4 at Thistledown for trainer Wayne Mogge and won the $40,000 Loyalty Stakes for Ohio-accredited 2-year-olds at Thistledown near Cleveland. Scott Spieth was in the irons.
The colt by Mercer Mill out of the Lively One mare Solo Panache covered the six furlongs in 1:12.54 to defeat Cruzable by a three-quarters of a length as the 4-1 third choice in the 11-horse field. The winner's share of the purse was $24,000.
At Turfway, Tommy Panache won a five-furlong trial race in 1:03 1/5. That morning, owners Bill Fair and Dan Martin were on hand to watch the colt prep for his debut.
"As Wayne said today, we're just checking out his motor," Fair said after the trial-race victory.
Tommy Panache is a homebred. Fair raced his dam, who broke her maiden in special-weight company at Churchill Downs.