FLYING FILLIES Both Trip and Playing 'n Gold humbled their fields in the Turfway Park Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III) and Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies Stakes, respectively. For Trip, it was her second consecutive stakes win at Turfway and a career effort to date, defeating a top-class distaff field by three lengths. Trip, a Claiborne Farm homebred, "performed at her best today," according to trainer Frank Brothers. It couldn't have come at a more opportune time for Claiborne, as the farm announced earlier in the week it would cease using Kentucky as its racing base (see page 5447). Stalking a solid pace, jockey Craig Perret looped the early leaders on the turn and cruised home, getting the 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.47. Precious Feather, the longest price on the board, rallied for second, with defending winner Spain finishing third after a wide trip. Expect Spain to train on and attempt a title defense in the Breeders' Cup Distaff
(gr. I). Playing 'n Gold, the lone winning favorite on the stakes card, won by the largest margin of the day, getting her mile in 1:37.29 while wiring the field comfortably by 5 1/2 lengths. Playing 'n Gold was purchased for $87,000 out of the Ocala Breeders' Sales Co.'s February 2-year-old auction by trainer Bob Holthus for owners Kenneth English and Alan Braun of Evansville, Ind. The owner combo struck early in their Thoroughbred ownership career with grade II-placed Lily O'Gold. The Walmac International Alcibiades Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland will be the next test for the daughter of Honour and Glory.
McPEEK AT THE FUTURE Trainer Ken McPeek has a knack of recruiting solid 2-year-old talent. He won the '94 Kentucky Cup Juvenile (gr. III) with Tejano Run. He saddled Deputy Warlock to win the 1999 Miller Genuine Draft Cradle Stakes at River Downs. And he's got another good one this year in Feye Bach's Select Stable's Repent. McPeek went to $230,000 to purchase the son of Louis Quatorze at last year's Fasig-Tipton July yearling sale, "the most expensive horse anybody has ever let me purchase." Coming from next to last in the early going during the 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile, Repent ran down French Assault to win going away by 1 1/2 lengths. It was another eight lengths back to Gold Dollar. Under Tony D'Amico, Repent got the trip in 1:43.78. A maiden winner at a mile on Sept. 7, McPeek "didn't want to overdo it with Repent. All week I had asked everybody in the barn if I should run him. They all said, 'Run him, boss.' My crew knows this horse. "He could be very, very good. I think he's in the same league as Tejano Run," who ran second in the 1995 Kentucky Derby (gr. I). Bach and her husband, Jerry, live in the nearby Cincinnati suburb of Indian Hills. Jerry Bach was lured to the business by his late father, Paul. "If it wasn't for my dad, I wouldn't be involved with horses. I owe it all to him. He had a nice family business and sold it and it gave us the financials to own horses. My wife thinks they are expensive, but today she's thrilled. She's back in the Derby hunt."
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