Inhisglory (inside) just holds off Banjammer to win the Turfway Prevue.

Inhisglory (inside) just holds off Banjammer to win the Turfway Prevue.

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Inhisglory Shows Heart in Turfway Prevue Win

Wayne Mogge's 3-year-old holds on for a nose victory over Banjammer in Kentucky.

Favored Inhisglory used a ground-saving trip to hang on for a head-bob at the wire by a nose over outsider Banjammer in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes Jan. 8 at Turfway Park (VIDEO).

Ridden by Rodney Prescott for trainer Wayne Mogge and new owner Peter Redekop B C., Inhisglory defeated 10 3-year-olds in his stakes debut as the 2-1 choice. The Kentucky-bred gelded son of Pure Prize--Belle Erzulie, by Pulpit, has won three of four starts overall, the past two coming on Turfway's Polytrack. Final time for the 6 1/2 furlongs was 1:21.78.

Inhisglory raced mid-pack at the rail as Tale of Lucknfame, Favritememryofmine, Thewayitusedtobe, and Military Jewel fought it out on the front end. Taleoflucknfame, along the inside, was narrowly in front while under pressure through an opening quarter-mile in :23.24 and the half in :48.16.

Tale of Lucknfame, however, left room at the rail, and Inhisglory slid through the opening approaching the quarter pole and took the lead into the stretch. Inhisglory angled out for the drive after getting clear and opened a clear advantage.

Banjammer, taking the overland route for jockey Ben Creed at odds of 16-1, dropped to last after being bumped and squeezed back at the start. The Candy Ride  colt rallied from far back while seven-wide on the turn and caught the leader in the final strides but just missed in a game try.

“Our plan—like everybody else here for the last month—was to break and try to get to the outside,” said Prescott. “But there was enough room for five horses inside and it looked like the best option. I made the lead pretty easy but I figured my horse would be waiting for somebody to come running, so I was just keeping him busy on the turn for home. 

"Luckily when (Banjammer) swooped around he came up right next to me, so my horse got competitive and dug in. He’s always looked around a little but I think (Mogge) waited until he grew up a little before they put blinkers on him.  The horse is really coming around.”

It was six lengths to third-place finisher Bluegrass Dreamer, ridden by by Marcelino Pedroza.

Bred by Respite Farm, Inhisglory began his career with a maiden victory on the Tapeta racing surface at Presque Isle Downs & Casino in June. Given a five-month freshening, he returned to action at Woodbine, where he finished last of eight against first-level allowance company on the Polytrack.

Inhisglory returned to form Dec. 26 when he came from off the pace to score by three-quarters of a length in a six-furlong optional claiming allowance race at Turfway.

Inhisglory, purchased privately following his prior start, earned $29,140 for the Prevue victory and has now banked $63,733 in his brief career.

Mogge, who sold the gelding on behalf of his partners, said Inhisglory is expected to ship to Fair Grounds next. 

“We sold him on Wednesday and entered him (for the Prevue) on Thursday,” said Mogge. “Agents are looking for three-year-olds this time of year and I think (Redekop) liked his last race.”

The winner carried 118 pounds and paid $6.60, $4.80, and $3 while topping a $66.20 exacta. Banjammer, the less-fancied of two horses entered by trainer Eric Reed (the other was second choice Tale of Lucknfame), was coming off a maiden win at Turfway Dec. 3 and returned $10.40 and $6. Third choice Bluegrass Dreamer, probably needing more distance, paid $3.40 to show.

It was 1 1/2 lengths to Hidden Punch in fourth, followed by Champion Kid, Tale of Lucknfame, Sir Rudy, Zorro Veloz, Thewayitusedtobe, Military Jewel, and Favritememryofmine.