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Sunday, September 23
Trip keeps local record perfect; Spain third




FLORENCE, Ky. - Trip ran her record to 3 for 3 at Turfway Park by pulling a surprisingly easy win in the $200,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Saturday on Kentucky Cup Day. Trip ($16), a 4-year-old Lord at War filly bred and owned by Claiborne Farm, stalked the pace before drawing off to win by three lengths over Precious Feather, who at 45-1 was the longest shot in a field of seven fillies and mares.

Trip had captured the Bourbonette and Fairway Fun Stakes in her previous races at Turfway. "That was one of the major reasons we ran her here," said trainer Frank Brothers.

"She performed at her level today," said winning jockey Craig Perret. "They had a good speed duel in front of me. The filly did all the work."

Spain, the defending champion and 13-10 favorite, finished third, another three-quarters of a length back, after racing wide on both turns of the 1 1/16-mile race. Then came Royal Fair, The Happy Hopper, March Magic, and Asher.

Trip ran the distance in 1:42.47. She now has won eight of 19 starts and $670,598.

The victory marked the first in a stakes for Claiborne since owner Seth Hancock announced last week that he planned to spread his stable into other areas of the country, including California and New York. Brothers, who will continue to train some horses for Claiborne, has agreed to begin training primarily for Lazy Lane Farms.

Snow Ridge beats City Zip
Each of the last six winners of the Kentucky Cup Sprint have gone on to race in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

That streak could reach seven after Snow Ridge, an improving Tabasco Cat colt trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Pat Day, turned back heavily favored City Zip by a neck in winning the $147,500 Kentucky Cup Sprint.

"The way he's run his last two, he sure is earning his way there," said Lukas.

Snow Ridge, a six-length winner of his previous start in a Saratoga allowance, contested the early pace while racing inside of Wild Hits. Turning for home, City Zip, the 3-5 favorite under Jose Ferrer, drew virtually even with Snow Ridge, but "my horse really wanted to win," said Day.

City Zip, who had won his last seven tries at 6 1/2 furlongs or shorter, "quit a little bit on me inside the eighth pole," said Ferrer.

Dream Run, who trailed to the quarter pole in the field of five 3-year-olds, briefly threatened from the outside before finishing third, another 5 1/4 lengths back. Wild Hits and Homem Ra completed the order.

Snow Ridge, bred and owned by Overbrook Farm, paid $10.20 as third choice. He finished six furlongs in 1:09.22 for his fifth victory from 11 starts.

Repent rallies in Juvenile
Trainer Ken McPeek now has two possible starters for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. That mildly surprising turn of events occurred when Repent ($15) edged away from French Assault to win the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile.

Repent, ridden by Tony D'Amico, swept from sixth place in a field of seven, winning by 1 1/2 lengths and finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.78. Gold Dollar, who set the pace as part of a 4-5 favored entry for D. Wayne Lukas, was another eight lengths back in third.

Repent, a Louis Quatorze colt owned by the Select Stable of Jerry and Faye Bach, had won a Turfway maiden race by a nose in his previous start. He joins Harlan's Holiday, winner of the Sept. 3 Cradle Stakes, as a Breeders' Cup prospect for McPeek.

McPeek said Repent, a $230,000 yearling out of the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky sale last July, is the most expensive purchase he has made. Deputy Warlock, who cost $220,000 and was a multiple stakes winner, previously was his highest. McPeek also won the inaugural Kentucky Cup Juvenile in 1994 with Tejano Run.

Playing 'n Gold comes through
Playing 'n Gold ($3.60), ridden by Joe Judice, became the only winning favorite of the series by leading all the way to win the $95,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Humble Danzig finished second by 5 1/2 lengths in a field of six.

In her last start, Playing 'n Gold was declared a dead-heat winner when the photo-finish camera failed to be activated for the close finish of the Ellis Park Debutante.

"We didn't need a camera today," said winning trainer Bob Holthus.

The Oct. 5 Alcibiades at Keeneland is the next probable start for Playing 'n Gold, he added.

Playing 'n Gold, owned by Alan Braun and Ken English, finished one mile in 1:37.29.

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