(Nun the Less and rider Rodney Prescott enter the Turfway Park winner’s circle on Saturday after the KY Cup Classic / Photo by Courtney Snow)
(Rogue Too and jockey Rogelio Miranda / Photo by Courtney Snow)
This past Saturday, Turfway Park hosted its’ biggest race day of the year, highlighted by the G3 Jeff Ruby Steaks. Despite the fact that no fans were permitted on the premises, a trailer full of new riders showed up to take their mounts on promising Stakes’ contenders.
Shipping in to ride were Kentucky regulars Corey Lanerie, and Florent Geroux, who both like to winter in the warmer confines. Showing up to ride were Kenrick Carmouche, from New York, and Rafael Bejarano, from Santa Anita. And, bringing his tack in, too, was the world-renown jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. — whom many consider the best rider in the world these days.
They gobbled up a lot of mounts on Saturday. Including some good ones.
They grabbed a lot of the headlines, too. Including the bold face ones.
They garnered a lot of betting support, as well. In any and every race where their respective names and games showed up.
The racing world awaited.
For full domination.
Hate to spoil the drama. But…it did NOT happen.
Until Ortiz swept the final 3 races on the day — including the top two Stakes events in the Bourbonette and the Jeff Ruby — much of the buzz and many of the trips to the winner’s circle were being headlined by the non-headliners.
Albin Jimenez — the meet’s leading rider — won a couple of the races to begin the day.
Regular John McKee booted home one.
Local Heriberto Figueroa won one.
Mainstay Rogelio Miranda capture the Latonia Stakes.
Home-bound Rodney Prescott added his name to the list of the Stakes winners, capturing the KY Club Classic with Nun the Less.
In all, there were 12 races conducted.
Six of them won by the home team.
Three of them won by Ortiz.
Not a bad stand by the Turfway Park colony.
Not bad at all.
Here’s a look at the top riders so far this meet:
|3||Joseph D. Ramos||174||24||19||32||$435,976||14%||75||43%|
|4||Rodney A. Prescott||141||11||16||18||$347,227||8%||45||32%|
|8||Irad Ortiz, Jr.||8||3||2||0||$271,786||38%||5||63%|
|13||Samuel E. Bermudez||66||12||5||7||$135,988||18%||24||36%|
|17||Leandro D. Goncalves||111||8||5||5||$122,403||7%||18||16%|
|19||Corey J. Lanerie||14||1||1||3||$90,523||7%||5||36%|
(Stats Compiled by Equibase)