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From the Turfway Park Media Team:
One race prior to the Jeff Ruby Steaks, Godolphin’s Adventuring earned 50 points on the Road to the Kentucky Oaks Championship Series with a two-length win in the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks.
Ridden by Geroux and trained by Brad Cox, Adventuring covered one-mile in 1:37.31.
Florent Geroux — Adventuring (1st):
“She showed a lot of class today getting black-type,” Geroux said. “She seems to be moving in the right direction with this level of competition. She’s won on the dirt at Fair Grounds and now on the Tapeta. I think she could run well on the turf, probably, too.”
Adventuring was the 5-2 favorite and returned $7.20, $5 and $3.60. Spritz, with Corrales in the saddle, held second and paid $24.60 and $11.60. Candace O and Bejarano finished third and paid $5.60.
The top four finishers in the Bourbonette Oaks received 50-20-10-5 points toward the April 30, $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (GI). Oliviaofthedesert, Wait for Nairobi, Forever Boss, Roll Up Mo Money, Into Vanishing, Speeding and California Lily completed the order of finish.
Kentucky Club Classic:
Earlier in the card, Williamson Racing’s Visitant held of the late charge of favored Set Piece to win the $150,000 TwinSpires.com Kentucky Cup Classic (Listed)
Trained by Morey and ridden to victory by Deshawn Parker, Villanelle covered 1 1/8 miles in 1:50.12.
Bill Morey — Visitant (1st):
“He loves this track. He can run well at any distance, too,” Morey said. He won at 5 ½ furlongs way back when he broke his maiden at Golden Gate Fields. We moved to Kentucky almost two years ago and it’s the hot spot for racing, sales, everything. Kentucky is really the epicenter for everything. Turfway has a great surface to race on with big, competitive fields.”
In the $100,000 Rushaway (Listed), Godolphin’s Cave Hill tracked the early lead of Extrasexybigdaddee to win by two lengths.
Trained by Brendan Walsh, Cave Hill covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.52 with jockey Declan Cannon in the irons.
“He got in a really good rhythm going onto the backside,” Cannon said. “Going into the far turn he took a big breather and I knew he still had a lot of energy left in him.
Cave Hill paid $8.60, $5.20 and $3.20. Extrasexybigdaddee with Corrales returned $10.20 and $4.40.Editor in Chief rounded out the top three finishers and paid $4.60 with Brian Hernandez Jr. up.
In the $100,000 Latonia Stakes, Full of Run Racing’s Dreamalildreamofu split horses in the late stages of the one-mile event to win by three-quarters of a length.
Ridden by Geroux and trained by Cox, Dreamalildreamofu covered one-mile in 1:36.95.
Dreamalildreamofu was bet down to the 2-1 favorite and returned $6.40, $4.40 and $3.80. Color Me Pretty and Bejarano paid $16.80 and $9.80. Rogue Too, with Rogelio Miranda in the saddle, returned $6.60.
Dann Glich — Dreamalildreamofu (1st):
“Flo gave her great ride,” owner Dann Glick said. “She really stepped up today. She’s improved a lot as a 4-year-old and as you can tell in the paddock and on the track she has her quirks to her.”
Animal Kingdom Stakes:
In the $65,000 Animal Kingdom, Breeze Easy’s Outadore rallied late in the stretch under Corrales to win the 6 ½-furlong race.
Trained by Ward, Outadore returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.40. Gagetown got through late to finish second under Geroux and paid $2.80 and $2.60. Nicky Two Shoes finished third under Brian Hernandez Jr. and paid $4.80.
Wesley Ward — Outadore (1st):
“I think he’ll be better sprinting,” Ward said. He still had a tough time getting through that traffic. It’s a beautiful day and maybe the track is a little sticky. He’s goal has now turned to sprinting.”
Saturday was Turfway Park’s closing day of their meet. Action in Kentucky switches to Keeneland on Friday, April 2.