Postulation enters the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes off a clear victory in the American St. Leger Stakes

Postulation enters the Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes off a clear victory in the American St. Leger Stakes

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Postulation Brings Win Streak Into Kentucky Turf Cup

Trainer Mike Maker has entered four horses in the 1 1/2-mile test.

Postulation will try for a third straight stakes win when he starts from the rail in the $600,000 Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes (G3T) Sept. 9 at Kentucky Downs.

Runnymede Racing's gelded son of Harlan's Holiday finished off the board in his first two races this year but found his best stride when stretched out to 1 1/2 miles for just the second time in his career—scoring a six-length victory in the Cape Henlopen Stakes July 8 at Delaware Park.

Off that front-running score, trainer Edward Graham entered Postulation in the 1 11/16-mile American St. Leger Stakes (G3T) Aug. 12 at Arlington International Race Course. Distance again proved to be no problem, as the 5-year-old runner cruised to a 2 1/4-length victory.

Jockey Jorge A. Vargas Jr. secured his first graded stakes win in the American St. Leger and will make the trip to Kentucky Downs Saturday. The inside post could be favorable, as Vargas and Postulation hugged the rail in their American St. Leger score.

After skipping away from seven challengers at Arlington, Postulation will have to hold off an expected 13 rivals Saturday, including four horses trained by Mike Maker. After winning the past two editions of the Kentucky Turf Cup with Da Big Hoss, Maker this year will send out Ken and Sarah Ramsey's Oscar Nominated, Maxis Stable's Enterprising, Three Diamonds Farm's St. Louie, and Michael Hui's Taghleeb.

Enterprising enters off a close fourth-place finish in the Arlington Million XXXV Stakes (G1T) Aug. 12. Earlier in the year he captured the Muniz Memorial Handicap (G2T) and the Fair Grounds Handicap (G3T), both at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots turf to start the season. The 6-year-old Elusive Quality gelding will try 1 1/2 miles for the first time Saturday, looking to add to his seven career stakes wins.

Oscar Nominated finished eighth in the Arlington Million but did register a grade 1 placing in the spring when third behind Divisidero and Beach Patrol in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic Stakes (G1T) at Churchill Downs. The grade 3-winning son of Kitten's Joy  also boasts a stakes win over the unique undulating Kentucky Downs turf, as he scored a 6 1/2-length victory in last year's Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby.

St. Louie, a 5-year-old son of Arch, will make his graded stakes debut after finishing third in the restricted John's Call Stakes Aug. 23 on the Saratoga Race Course turf; while Taghleeb, a 6-year-old son of Hard Spun , enters off a runner-up finish to Postulation in the American St. Leger.

The field also includes Shadwell Stable's Muqtaser, who will make his stakes debut off a pair of allowance level wins on the inner turf at Saratoga; Calumet Farm's Zulu Alpha, who enters off a maiden and allowance win at Indiana Grand; and Preston Stables and Prestonwood Racing's One Go All Go, winner of the 2015 Commonwealth Derby (G2T) at Laurel Park.

Entries: Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup S. (G3T)

Kentucky Downs, Saturday, September 09, 2017, Race 10

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/2m
  • Turf
  • $600,000
  • 3 yo's & up
  • 5:42 PM (local)
11Postulation (KY)Jorge A. Vargas, Jr.123Edward L. Graham9/2
22Lucky Ramsey (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateChanning Hill121Randy L. Morse30/1
33Muqtaser (KY)Joe Bravo123Kiaran P. McLaughlin6/1
44Oscar Nominated (KY)Julien R. Leparoux121Michael J. Maker7/2
55Crescent Drive (KY)Miguel Mena121Thomas M. Amoss20/1
66Zulu Alpha (KY)Robby Albarado121Jose Fernandez30/1
77Enterprising (FL)Corey J. Lanerie123Michael J. Maker3/1
88Bullards Alley (KY)Marcelino Pedroza121Tim Glyshaw12/1
99One Go All Go (VA)Keeneland Sales GraduateDeclan Cannon121Pavel Matejka20/1
1010St. Louie (KY)Tyler Gaffalione123Michael J. Maker30/1
1111Taghleeb (KY)Jose L. Ortiz123Michael J. Maker5/1
1212Nessy (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.121Ian R. Wilkes20/1
1313Motivational (KY)Joseph Rocco, Jr.121Jack O. Fisher30/1
1414Tobias (KY)James Graham121Rafael A. Fernandez30/1