Rey de Cafe Nips Dubleo in Bourbon County

(from Keeneland report)
Rey de Cafe collared favored Dubleo in midstretch and gradually inched away to win the $112,200 Bourbon County Stakes for 2-year-olds Friday at Keeneland.

Veteran Craig Perret rode Rey de Cafe, who ran the 1 1/16 miles on the "good" turf in 1:42.90 and improved his record to two wins in five career starts for owner G. Watts Humphrey Jr.

"It's pretty easy when you've got the right horse," said Perret. "It's a long stretch here, so we just waited a bit. We collared him inside the eighth pole and ran him down."

Dubleo, the 17-10 choice after five wins in a row, held on for second with jockey Chris DeCarlo, a neck behind the winner and 4 1/2 lengths in front of third-place Ready Ruler.

Gun Salute was fourth in the field of 10 2-year-olds.

Rey de Cafe, who is trained by Rusty Arnold, paid $8, $4 and $3. Dubleo returned $3.40 and $3 and Ready Ruler, ridden by Mark Guidry, paid $4.80.

(Chart, Equibase)