(Me and Mr. C wins KY Downs Preview Turf Cup at Ellis Park on Sunday / All Photos by Coady Photography)

From the Ellis Park Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:


Paradise Farm Corp. and David Staudacher’s Me and Mr. C nailed a game Cellist at the wire to win Sunday’s thrilling fifth running of the $250,000 Ky Downs Preview Turf Cup at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

          Me and Mr. C completed the 1 ¼-mile distance of the Ky Downs Preview Turf Cup in 1:57.94, tying the course record set by Bluegrass Parkway in 2021. Me and Mr. C was ridden by Gerardo Corrales for trainerMike Maker.

          The speedy Get Smokin led the opening stages of the Ky Downs Preview Turf Cup while Me and Mr. C was relegated to 10th by Corrales. Get Smokin completed moderate quarter-mile fractions of :23.94 and :47.80. Up the backside, Me and Mr. C began to improve his position to seventh but it wasn’t until the far turn until he began making up ground on the pacesetters. At the head of the lane, Get Smokin was passed to his outside by Cellist, who was tracking his every move. With a furlong to go, Me and Mr. C was still in fifth but began making big strides towards the leader. At the line, Me and Mr. C got his nose down in front of Cellist to earn his spot in the $1.7 million Kentucky Downs Turf Cup (GII) in early September.

          “He really closed ground fast,” Corrales said. “He’s a very nice horse and got the job done.”

          Me and Mr. C’s record now stands at a solid 33-10-6-5 with purse earnings totaling $545,039.

          Here is the complete order of finish for the Ky Downs Preview Turf Cup (with $2 mutuel payouts):

  1. Me and Mr. C ($34, $13.92, $9.04)
  2. Cellist (X, $12.52, $7.74)
  3. Siege of Boston (X, X, $4.66)
  4. Get Smokin
  5. War Campaign
  6. McLovin
  7. Camp Hope
  8. Mount Rundle
  9. Spooky Channel
  10. Kitodan
  11. King Cause