Jefferson Cup S. (gr. III)

(gr. IIIT , 9f ,)

PRINCE ARCH (B h, 120 lb) $140,244
Arch —Princess Kris (GB) , by Kris (GB)
B—Pine Lake Bloodstock LLC, KY.; O—Raymond H. Cottrell, Sr.; T—Kenneth G. McPeek

Kitten's Joy (CH h, 122 lb) $45,240
El Prado (IRE) —Kitten's First , by Lear Fan
B—Sarah K. Ramsey, KY.; O—Ramsey, Kenneth L. and Sarah K.; T—Dale L. Romans

Cool Conductor (B h, 116 lb) $22,620
Stravinsky —Verinha (BRZ) , by Baronius (BRZ)
B—C. Sczesny, KY.; O—David E. Garner; T—William I. Mott

Margins: head, 4¾, 1¼. Others: Terroplane (FR) 118($11,310) , Mighty Military 116($6,786) , Capo 116 , More Bourb 118 , Radiant Cat 116 , Bogangles 116 . Winning Jockey, Brice Blanc.

Moving from last to first, the Kenny McPeek-trained Prince Arch inched out a short head win over Kitten’s Joy in the June 12 Jefferson Cup Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs. Under jockey Brice Blanc, Prince Arch covered the 11/8-mile yielding turf course in 1:50.61. Cool Conductor was 43/4 lengths back for third.

McPeek and Blanc also teamed to win the other grade III turf stakes on the card, when Sister Star pulled away in the final furlong to win the Regret Stakes by 33/4 lengths over Western Ransom.

The win for Prince Arch was his second in stakes company on the year, having scored a 53/4-length win in the Forerunner Stakes at Keeneland. Kitten’s Joy got the best of Prince Arch in the April 30 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes (gr. IIIT) on the Kentucky Oaks (gr. I) undercard, beating him 21/2 lengths.

McPeek conditions Prince Arch for Raymond Cottrell Sr., who bought the son of Arch for $37,000 at the 2002 Keeneland September yearling sale from the consignment of his breeder, Pine Lake Bloodstock, with Eaton Sales, agent.

Prince Arch is the only horse Cottrell has in training. A car dealership owner from Brandenburg, Ky., Cottrell, who currently owns around 15 horses, has been with McPeek for 15 of the 17 years he has been involved in racing. He has campaigned seven stakes winners, including additional graded winners Go Lib Go and White Cat.

Terry Kinchsuler purchased Princess Kris, while carrying Prince Arch, for $12,000 at the 2001 Keeneland January horses of all ages sale. The Hancock family’s Claiborne Farm consigned Princess Kris.

Kinchsuler still owns Princess Kris, who has a yearling filly, Prinquet (by Marquetry), and produced a Banker’s Gold colt on May 12.

Arch is the sire of Prince Arch and four other added-money winners, including additional 2004 stakes winners Chilly Rooster, winner of the April 24 Fort Marcy Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Aqueduct, and Overarching (SAf-I). Arch stands at Claiborne Farm near Paris, Ky. His 2004 fee is $5,000.—L.D.