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2005 Kentucky Cup Results


Shaniko and jockey Rafael Bejarano after winning the Kentucky Cup Classic.
Date: 09/18/05

The Kentucky Cup at Turfway Park is billed as Kentucky's "Day of Champions", with five races serving as local preps for the five Breeders' Cup races conducted on the main track. This was also an opportunity for Turfway Park to show off its brand new Polytrack all-weather surface which was installed in time for the start of the meet. Thanks to photographer Amber Chalfin for these photos.

The highlight of the afternoon was the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic, a 1 1/8 mile event for older horses for a purse of $350,000. Even-money favorite Shaniko lived up to expectation in the field of ten, stalking the pace of 45-1 shot Ball Four to the 3/16 pole and then powering by that rival to win going away by 4 1/2 lengths in a time of 1:49.74. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to 14-1 shot Silver Axe in third.
Results Chart from DRF


Shaniko and jockey Rafeal Bejarano after winning the Classic. Winning trainer Todd Pletcher said, "Everything unfolded perfectly. We got exactly the trip we wanted to get. He punched when the time came." Winning jockey Rafael Bejarano added, "I stayed in the second lane, because my horse doesn't like getting dirt in his face. I got him comfortable, and I knew I had a lot of horse, so I waited to the quarter pole to take off."


The Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Juvenile featured a field of eight 2-year-old colts travel the Breeders' Cup distance of 1 1/16 miles for a $100,000 purse. 5-2 second choice Stream Cat rallied from dead last, circling the field out in the three path around the turn and then powering past 29-1 longshot Rungius to win by 1 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:46.42. It was another length back to 3-2 favorite Cab in third.
Results Chart from DRF


Steam Cat and jockey Gary Steven head for the winner's circle. Stevens said, "I had a lot of faith in his closing ability. When you give him the cue, he switches gears like a pro. The Polytrack is not just for turf horses, although it does give turf horses the ability to show their best." Winning trainer Patrick Biancone added, "Last time he was a turf horse. This time he was a Polytrack horse. Next time, hopefully, he'll be a dirt horse. This race was 17 days back from his last start, so we'll see how he comes out of the race before seeing our next step. He ran super."


The Distaff division competed in the Grade 3, $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup Stakes at 1 1/16 miles. 9-2 third choice Miss Fortunate rallied from sixth early to just get up at the finish, defeating 11-1 shot Sheer Luck by just 1/2 a length in 1:44.48. It was just a neck back to 14-1 shot Whoopi Cat in third. 3-2 favorite Bohemian Lady stalked the pace in third but failed to fire late, finishing sixth. Winning jockey Larry Melancon said, "I knew I had horse all the way. When I called on her, she was there. Billy (trainer Mott) really had her ready."
Results Chart from DRF


The $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies saw ten 2-year-old fillies compete at a mile around two turns. 8-1 shot Beau Dare and jockey John McKee led every step of the way, setting a measured early pace while loose on the lead and then drawing away through the stretch to win by 6 1/4 lengths over 9-1 shot Delicate Dynamite, in a time of 1:38.93. 6-5 favorite Fast Deal stalked the pace in second but tired through the lane and finished fourth.

Winning trainer Bob Holthus said, "She's bred to run on the turf, and we ran in this spot because we heard there are a lot of turf horses having success on the Polytrack." Winning jockey John McKee added, "We got an easy lead and nobody pressured us."
Results Chart from Equibase


Although neither was in the money at the end, this picture of Claremont bumping Delicate Dynamite at the start was too cool to leave out.


Closing out the stakes action on the afternoon was the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Sprint, which, unlike its Breeders' Cup counterpart, is restricted to 3-year-olds. 9-5 second choice Estate Collection set the pace on the inside, and then held off 24-1 shot Humor at Last through the stretch to prevail by 3/4 length in a time of 1:09.75 for 6 furlongs. 3-2 favorite Vicarage disappointed in fourth after stalking the pace three-wide early.

Winning jockey Pat Valenzuela said, "He ran a great race. He's a perfect three for three and getting better and better. (Owner) Pablo (Suarez) and (trainer) Doug (O'Neill) have been big supporters of me, and it's so nice to win one like this for them."
Results Chart from DRF


Earlier in the card, one of the few pure white thoroughbreds registered, The White Fox, ran in an allowance race. Although he ran last in the field of 11, he still is a beautiful horse and striking sight on the track.

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