Vacation Tops Full Field in Presque Isle Mile
(from Presque Isle Downs & Casino release)
The $250,000 Presque Isle Mile Sept. 13 has brought out an overflow field, led by the Phipps Stable's homebred Vacation.
Trainer Marty Wolfson is sending Motovato from Florida. The 4-year-old colt won the 1 1/16-mile Sumter Stakes April 25, and two months later captured the 1 1/8-mile Primal Stakes. Sandwiched between those efforts was a solid second-place finish in the Memorial Day Handicap (gr. III). All three races were run at Calder Race Course.
Todd Pletcher, who’s running Game Face in the $400,000 Presque Isle Masters Stakes (gr. III) a day earlier, has entered The Roundhouse in the Presque Isle Mile. The 4-year-old Fusaichi Pegasus colt was a 1 1/4-length winner in a nine-furlong allowance at Saratoga on Aug. 29.
J's Sundance Halo, a 5-year-old gelding trained by Gerald S. Bennett (who recently scored his 3,000th career victory), will be trying for his second Presque Isle stakes victory. In 2008, J’s Sundance Halo was a two-length winner of the Leeward. More recently, he won in $25,000 claiming company at Presque Isle on July 18, and was second in a starter allowance on Aug. 6.
Luck Money, a 4-year-old, Irish-bred colt trained by Luis Seglin, won the Majestic Light Stakes at Saratoga in ’08. At 2, Luck Money placed in a group II race in his country of breeding. The Presque Isle Mile will be Luck Money’s second career try at eight furlongs, the first of which brought him a victory.
The 4-year-old gelding Budge Man, a stakes winner at Fonner Park in Nebraska, in April, has been entered by trainer Kellyn Gorder. Also a son of Fusaichi Pegasus, Budge Man was an allowance winner at Presque Isle last year and placed in this year’s Golden Bear Stakes at Indiana Downs.
Xela, third in this year’s Leeward for trainer Jake Secor, has been an allowance winner at Presque Isle this year. The five-year-old gelding has a local career record at the one-mile distance that includes seven starts, two victories, and a quartet of placings.
Rollicking Affair and Sweet Lorena, both of whom have been multiple allowance winners locally, are cross-entered in the Presque Isle Masters and Presque Isle Mile. Rollicking Affair has further been cross-entered in a one-mile optional claiming event on the Presque Isle Mile undercard.
The Presque Mile purse includes a $50,000 supplement from the Breeders’ Cup for horses eligible for Breeders’ Cup competition. All of the 12 entered meet that requirement, with the exceptions of Sea Dubai and Luck Money.
In 2007, the inaugural running of the Presque Isle Mile was won by Independent George, trained by Motion and ridden by Cornelio Velasquez. The 2008 renewal was won by Summer Doldrums, trained by Rick. Violette Jr. and ridden by Dale V. Beckner in a track record clocking of 1:35.97.
$250,000 Presque Isle Mile (Race 7, 8 p.m.), 3 & Up (All Weather)
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