(One Timer captures the KY Downs Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park on Sunday / All Photos by Coady Photography)


Richard Ravin and Patricia’s Hope’s One Timer sat just off the pacesetter Just Might and took control late to win Sunday’s sixth running of the $200,000 Ky Downs Preview Turf Sprint at Ellis Park Racing & Gaming.

          One Timer flew over the Ellis Park turf course and completed 5 ½ furlongs in 1:00.67, just .41 seconds off the track record set in the 2019 edition of this race by Totally Boss. One Timer was ridden by E.T. Bairdfor trainer Larry Rivelli.

Just Might took control of the pace after breaking from the rail. The veteran flew through an opening quarter-mile in :21.23. While Just Might was leading the field on the front end, One Timer was taken in hand by jockey E.T. Baird and tracked second. Around the far turn after a half-mile in a sizzling :43.43, One Timer began to inch forward under Baird. In the stretch, Baird was able to get by the tiring Just Might and held off a late bid by Let My People Go at the rail and Bad Beat Brian on his outside. The official winning margin was one-length.

“When I ride for Rivelli, I know I’m live,” Baird said. “Just Might showed a lot of speed. I asked him out of the gate but didin’t want to run him into the ground going too fast. Sometimes you have to see what’s going on in front of you and go to another plan. Kentucky Downs is a different type of course. Some horses love it and some horses don’t. I think he’s the type of horse that can adapt to it. He’s pretty consistent.”

          One Timer’s resume stands at 11-7-1-1 with purse earnings of $721,335. One Timer is a 4-year-ld gelded son of Trappe Shot out of the Blame mare Spanish Star. He was bred in Kentucky by St. Simon Place.

          Here is the full order of finish for the Ky Downs Preview Turf Sprint (with $2 mutuel prices):

  1. One Timer ($4.44, $3.34, $2.84)
  2. Let My People Go (X, $5.72, $3.62)
  3. Bad Beat Brian (X, X, $3.26)
  4. Oceanic
  5. Charcoal
  6. Excess Magic
  7. Just Might
  8. Pure Panic
  9. Bakers Bay
  10. Mailman Money