Susan Moulton's Solitary Ranger controlled the pace and romped clear in the stretch to score easily over favored stablemate Poker Player in the $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 1 at Turfway Park.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Dynamical||Merrill R. Scherer||
|Ill Conceived||John C. Servis||
|Mr. Prankster||Ronney W. Brown||
|Posey Rose||Vernon D. Coyle||
|State of Play||Richard C. Mettee||
Harry's Holiday obliterated the field in the 96ROCK Stakes, the first local prep for the Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park, but he faces a tougher crowd March 1 in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes.
Jockey Albin Jimenez guided WinStar Farm's General Election past a melee at the start and avoided trouble in the stretch to bring the colt home a 13-1 winner in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park.
The $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway Park March 2 attracted a full field of 3-year-olds loaded with possibilities even if there are a few that figure to draw heavy action.
Hero of Order, the 109-1 winner of the Louisiana Derby (gr. II) April 1 at Fair Grounds, has joined the probable cast for Saturday's 88th running of the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes (gr. II) at Keeneland.
Silver Max, allowed to clear the field early, left his rivals in the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) behind leaving the turn and romped to his first graded stakes win on opening day of the Keeneland spring meet.
Team Valor International's State of Play, winner of the With Anticipation (gr. IIT) last September at Saratoga, heads the $100,000 Transylvania Stakes (gr. IIIT) on opening day at Keeneland April 6.
A large and wide-open field of 12 was entered for Turfway Park's signature race and at least one of the winners should be moving on to Louisville six weeks from now.
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A full field is possible for the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) March 24, Turfway Park officials said. The race highlights a four-stakes program at the Kentucky racetrack.
After a long stretch duel and a fortuitous head-bob at the wire, State of Play prevailed in the $75,000 John Battaglia Memorial Stakes March 3 at Turfway Park.
Mr. Prankster will try for a sweep of the preps leading up to the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) when he faces off against five fellow 3-year-olds in the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes on March 3.
- By Steve Haskin
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Mr. Prankster emphatically answered the two-turn question Feb. 4, closing strongly and drawing off to win the one-mile WEBN Stakes at Turfway Park by 7 1/2 lengths.
Mr. Prankster will try for his second stakes win in a row when he lines up for the $50,000 WEBN Stakes Feb. 4 at Turfway, but he faces tough competition in Phantom Fury and his own stablemate, Magical Season.
Already with a slew of top 3-year-olds taking aim at the Triple Crown, Todd Pletcher will send out yet another prospect in the $250,000 Sam F. Davis (gr. III), a race he has won four of the last six years.
Favored Mr. Prankster, making his first start in six weeks, came from off the pace to win the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes at Turfway Park on the night of Jan. 7.
WinStar Farm and Todd Pletcher hope history will repeat itself, as likely favorite Gemologist leads a field of 11 juveniles in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (gr. II) Nov. 26 at Churchill Downs.
Though several Juvenile Turf horses lost a chance to gallop on the grass due to rain Nov. 3, the connections say they all remain on track for Saturday's race.
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State of Play is one of two Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IIT) entries owned by Team Valor International, which won this race last year with Pluck.
Team Valor International's State of Play worked five furlongs in 1:01 3/5 on Oct. 21 at Keeneland in preparation for a start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT).
Team Valor International will fire two shots in a bid to win the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. IT) for the second straight year. State of Play and Lucky Chappy will represent the stable.
Team Valor International's State of Play tops a field of seven and is the horse to beat in the $100,000 Pilgrim Stakes (gr. IIIT) Oct. 2 at Belmont Park.
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