Dogwood Stable's favored Smok'n Frolic gained command on the final turn and cruised to a 3 1/2-length win in Saturday's $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes (gr. III), ending a five-race losing streak.
Adding blinkers while switching to jockey Edgar Prado, Smok'n Frolic, a 4-year-old gray filly by Smoke Glacken trained by Todd Pletcher, covered the 1 1/16-mile event in 1:44 4/5 on a fast track. Awesome Humor, ridden by Robby Albarado, was second, 2 1/2 lengths ahead of So Much More and Calvin Borel.
Smok'n Frolic rated well behind Country Romance, who clipped off fractions of :24 and :47 3/5 before Prado edged to the lead after a half-mile. She drew off under moderate urging in the stretch and was not in any danger of being caught.
She won for the first time since taking Aqueduct's Next Move (gr. III) in gate-to-wire fashion in March. She had lost five straight graded races after that, including an eighth-place showing in her last race, the Ballerina (gr. I) at Saratoga Aug. 24.
She earned $108,500 for her eighth win in 23 starts, improving her overall bankroll to $1,225,500. Cherokee Farms Inc. bred Smoke'n Frolic in Florida. She was an $85,000 Ocala buy in February 2001.
Sent off at 9-5 in the field of nine, the winner paid $5.60, $3 and $2.80. Awesome Humor returned $2.80 and $2.40. So Much More showed for $3.40.Cajun Beat Pounds to Kentucky Cup Sprint
Padua Stable's Cajun Beat held off Clock Stopper by three-quarters of a length to win the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint (gr. III) for 3-year-olds at Turfway Park Saturday.
Cajun Beat, a Grand Slam gelding ridden by Cornelio Velasquez for trainer Stephen Margolis, captured his first graded stakes at odds of 7-1. Clock Stopper finished 3 1/2 lengths ahead of Champali, the 2-1 favorite in the field of 11. The final time for six furlongs was 1:09 2/5
Cajun Beat tracked quick fractions by Cat Genius (:21 2/5, :44 1/5), edged to the front on the turn and opened up by three lengths in the stretch as Clock stopper and jockey Robby Albarado came on strong down the lane, blowing past Champali and Skeet.
The winner, who is also owned by Satish K. Sanan and John and Joseph Iracane, earned $62,000 for his fourth career win in 10 starts. Cajun Beat was purchased for $145,000 at the Keeneland sale in November 2000. John T. L. Jones Jr. and H. Smoot Fahlgren bred Cajun Beat in Kentucky. He has earned $218,700.
Cajun Beat paid $17.20, $7.20 and $3.60. Clock Stopper returned $4.20 and $3. Champali's show price was $2.80.