(Nice As Pie / Coady Photography)

From the Churchill Downs Media Team / Kevin Kerstein:


 Novogratz Racing Stable’s Surly Furious sat a perfect pace-pressing trip under leading jockey Luan Machado and kicked clear by 1 ¼ lengths to win Saturday’s 40th running of the $125,000 Forego Stakes at Turfway Park Racing & Gaming.

Trained by Glenn Wismer, Surly Furious completed 6 ½ furlongs in 1:17.08 to win his seventh race from 26-career starts.

As the field broke from the gate in the Forego Stakes, Surly Furious used his tactical early speed to sit second, just to the outside of fleet-footed Sir Alfred James. Up the backside, the duo set a solid early tempo, completing a quarter-mile in :22.97. While Surly Furious sat a good trip, the returning graded stakes winnerArrest Me Red tracked in third but was forced to check off the heels of the leading duo as they entered the far turn. Following a half-mile in :46.31, Sir Alfred James began to retreat while Machado started to ask Surly Furious for his best run. At the top of the stretch, Arrest Me Red finally found running room but could not cut into the widening-margin of Surly Furious who continued to hold clear to the wire.

Bourbon Heist and jockey Tyler Conner finished 2 ½ lengths back of Arrest Me Red in third, followed by Storm Daddy, Night Time, Condemn and Sir Alfred James.

Surly Furious was sent off as the 9-5 second choice in the race, just behind 8-5 favorite Night Time, and paid $5.90, $3.86 and $2.64. Arrest Me Red, ridden by Walter Rodriguez, returned $6.24 and $4.54 while Bourbon Heist paid $3.84.

With his victory in the Forego Stakes, Surly Furious banked $75,410 to improve his overall purse earnings to $505,074.

Surly Furious is a 6-year-old gelded son of Upstart out of the Majesticperfection mare Perfect Prediction. He was bred in the Bluegrass state by the late Brereton C. Jones.

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Dede McGehee’s impressive local allowance winner Nice as Pie will seek her first stakes victory when she takes on nine rivals that entered next Saturday’s 37th running of the $125,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park Racing & Gaming.

The 6 ½ furlong Valdale will go as Race 7 on the nine-race card with a post time of 8:55 p.m. (all times Eastern). First post is 5:55 p.m.

 Nice as Pie, trained by Kelsey Danner, is a perfect 2-for-2 over the Tapeta surface at Turfway. The 3-year-old daughter of Tapiture upset a maiden special weight contest four weeks ago at odds of 14-1 and, in her subsequent start on Jan. 26, demolished a first-level allowance contest by 7 ¼ lengths. Jockey Adam Beschizza has been aboard Nice as Pie in her three-lifetime starts and will once again have the call in the Valdale from post No. 5.

Other accomplished fillies that entered the Valdale against Nice as Pie include Adrian Mansergh Wallace’s Victoria Stakes winner Pipit and Commonwealth New Era Racing’s last-out allowance winnerVicountess.

Here is the complete field for the Valdale from the rail out (with jockey and trainer): Cozee Rags (Albin Jiminez, Brian Michael); Party (Alex Achard, Ben Colebrook); Vicountess (Gerardo Corrales, Tim Girten); Pipit (Tyler Conner, Brendan Walsh); Nice as Pie (Beschizza, Danner); Mairead (Ferrin Peterson, Rey Hernandez); Ma Rae’s Girl (Luan Machado, Doug O’Neill); Indian Ink (Axel Concepcion, John Ennis); What’s Crackin (Gavin Ashton, Sarah Hamilton); Summerintahoe (Declan Cannon, Michael Ann Ewing).