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|Jockey Brice Blanc celebrates his win aboard With a City in the 2006 Lane's End Stakes|
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The $500,000 Lane's End Stakes (G2) at Turfway Park celebrates its 36th running this Saturday, March 24. A full field of twelve were entered in this 1 1/8 mile Polytrack feature for 3-year-olds, with Hard Spun as the 5-2 morning line favorite from post 10. Hard Spun was fourth in the Southwest Stakes last time out, and trainer Larry Jones attributed the loss to the deep racing surface at Oaklawn. Owner Rick Porter said, "His time was not important, but Larry has finally decided that Oaklawn is not Hard Spun's favorite surface. He has to labor too much trying to get a good hold of it. Horses like Hard Spun don't come into your stable often, and we feel that we need to do everything we can to put him first." Assistant trainer Cindy Jones added, "There's enough speed in the race that he can drop over (from post 10) and get into a good position."
Nick Zito trainee Forefathers is the 7-2 second choice in post 6, with Canadian-bred Twilight Meteor the 4-1 third choice out of post 7 from the barn of Todd Pletcher, who also trains Bullara in post 5. Pletcher said, "The draw is fineŚright in the middle of a large field. Both horses are a bit tactical and should be able to get a good position going into the first turn." Based on his result in the Lane's End, Pletcher may put Twilight Meteor on the Kentucky Derby trail, or ship him up to Woodbine for a run at the Queen's Plate and the Canadian Triple Crown. He said, "The Queen's Plate is definitely on the radar for him. He could come up for the Plate Trial after the Lane's End and then go to the Plate. He's doing very well and should handle the 1 1/4 mile distance no problem."
The Lane's End has been run under various names over the years, and was first known as the Spiral Stakes in its inaugural edition in 1972. Jim Beam was the name sponsor from 1982 to 1998, and included such winners as Lil E. Tee, the first winner to go on to win the Kentucky Derby, and in more recent years, Flower Alley, Birdstone, and Perfect Drift, who won the event under its current name sponsor, Lane's End Farm. Sadly, illness claimed the life of last year's winner With a City before he could start in the Derby, while runner-up Seaside Retreat finished 10th in the Derby and went on to be a stakes winner on the turf at Woodbine.
Here are the entries for the 36th running of the Lane's End Stakes on Saturday March 24. Post time for the Lane's End is 5:46 PM ET and it will be nationally televised on ESPN along with the Rushaway from earlier in the card. Free past performances from DRF are available here. We will be there for this race, so check back on Saturday night for photos and results.
|1||Highest Degree||Kenneth McPeek||Alonso Quinonez||20-1|
|2||Starbase||D. Wayne Lukas||Terry Thompson||20-1|
|3||Sports Town||John P. Terranova II||Shaun Bridgmohan||15-1|
|4||Approval Rating||Mark Casse||Patrick Husbands||30-1|
|5||Bullara||Todd Pletcher||John Velazquez||6-1|
|6||Forefathers||Nicholas Zito||Julien Leparoux||7-2|
|7||Twilight Meteor||Todd Pletcher||Edgar Prado||4-1|
|8||Helios||Alan Klanfer||Channing Hill||50-1|
|9||Joe Got Even||Philip Sims||Miquel Mena||15-1|
|10||Hard Spun||J. Larry Jones||Mario Pino||5-2|
|11||For You Reppo||Helen Pitts||Kent Desormeaux||10-1|
|12||Sedgefield||Darrin Miller||Rafael Bejarano||6-1|
There are 4 other stakes on the card on Lane's End day, with a full field of twelve 3-year-old fillies entered in the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup (G3), a local prep for the Kentucky Oaks at 1 1/16 miles. Silverinyourpocket ships in from Gulfstream Park and will have Rafael Bejarano aboard. Trainer Helen Pitts said, Silverinyourpocket is doing super," said Pitts. "She had a nice work Sunday (5f in 1:01.20, third-best of 13) with Rafael Bejarano up. It's always a question when you stretch them out, but she has the mind to do it. She just waits and does everything you ask her."
Eleven 3-year-olds were entered in the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes at 1 mile. Woodbine-based Skip Code will break from post 10 for trainer Mark Casse with regular rider Patrick Husbands in the irons. He will face undefeated Paul McGee trainee Dubious Miss, who worked 5f in 1:01 at Churchill on Monday. McGee said, "The way he won at Churchill (debut) made us think we may have a real good runner. We used his last race (allowance at Turfway) as a prep for the Rushaway. He's on target for this race. The workout went really well. He's pretty much a push-button horse. He'll let you do whatever you want with him."
Two $50,000, 6 furlong overnight stakes round out the stakes action, the Hansel for 3-year-olds and the Queen for older fillies and mares.
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