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OffTrackBetting.com - The G3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint Stakes comes our way this Saturday, September 9 at Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky. A purse of $400,000 will be on the line for horses three years old and upward willing to take to Kentucky Downs turf track and dash 6 1/2 furlongs.
A field of 11 will take to the track in the Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint - race 9 on Kentucky Downs stacked Saturday schedule. Post time is 5:55 PM. Let's take a peek into the past performances of all 11 entries for this competitive G3 stakes.
Defending runner-up in this race - Michael Maker trained gelding has 44 career starts with 16 wins, 11 seconds and six third-place finishes - his best result came in 2013 when he won the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington Park. Last time out was a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Saratoga August 3 which followed a fifth in the G3 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park June 10, an OK third in the G2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland April 8 and a good win in the minor Colonel Power Overnight Stakes at Fair Grounds in February. Other good results include a second in the G3 Woodford Stakes in October, a second in the minor Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint in January and two listed stakes scores in 2013. Hogy has been competitive for a long time but hasn't posted a graded stakes score since May, 2013. Jockey Florent Geroux hopes to change all of that from gate 10 Saturday.
Ian Wilke trained colt has three wins, three seconds and a third-place finish in 12 career starts. He finished second in the G3 Commonwealth Turf Stakes at Churchill Downs to end his 2016 campaign and has been inconsistent since. Last time out was a third in the listed Forbidden Apple Stakes at Belmont Park July 15 after a fourth in the G2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs June 17, a second in an Allowance Optional Claiming May 18, a tenth in the G1 Maker's 46 Mile in April and a second in the G3 Canadian Turf Stakes at Gulfstream Park in March. Has been decent lately but hasn't posted a victory since October. Jockey Brian Joseph Hernandez will try to snap a seven-race losing streak from post 5.
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Bill Mott trained Ringling has placed in six of 10 career starts - three wins and three second-place finishes. He arrives off an Allowance Optional Claiming score at Saratoga August 16 which followed a fourth in his only graded stakes action to date - the G2 Highlander Stakes at Woodbine July 2 and another Allowance score - at Belmont Park May 28. Commend has been decent so far in his career, has won two out of his last three starts overall and will be after a first stakes score from the rail. Jose Ortiz gets the call.
Defending fourth-place finisher in his race won the 2014 Jaipur Invitational at Belmont Park and the 2016 G2 Shakertown Stakes at Keeneland in April but has mostly been inconsistent in his career. Last time out was a fourth in the listed Troy Handicap at Saratoga August 6 which followed a sixth in the 2017 Jaipur Invitational, an Allowance score at Keeneland April 21, an eighth in the 2016 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint and a sixth in the G3 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland in October. Undrafted has shown form in the past and will chase a first graded stakes score in 17 months from post 7 Saturday. Julio Garcia rides.
Has placed in six of 11 career starts for trainer Thomas Amoss - four wins and two third-place finishes. He won two straight Allowance Optional Claiming races in the spring and went on to a respectable third in the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington May 13. He has been just OK in two starts since - a fifth last time out in the listed Senator Robert C. Byrd Memorial at Mountaineer August 5 followed a fourth in the minor Kelly's Landing Overnight Stakes at Churchill Downs June 30. Wyeth will be after a first stakes score Saturday and enters in so-so form. Drayden Van Dyke gets the call from gate 6.
Has 27 career starts for trainer Kellyn Gorder with six wins, five seconds and two third-place finishes. Last time out was a three length Allowance Optional Claiming score at five furlongs at Indiana Grand June 21 which followed a tenth in the G3 Twin Spires Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs May 5 and a sixth and a second respectively in a pair of Allowance races to start 2017. He won the 2014 listed Arlington Sprint for his best result but has yet to place in graded stakes company (four tries). He shoots for a breakthrough performance Saturday when he leaves from gate 4 with Katie Clauson guiding him.
Randy Morse trainee has eight wins, six seconds and six third-place finishes in 25 career starts. He arrives in so-so form - a third last time out in the minor West Virginia Legislature Chairman's Cup at Mountaineer August 5 followed a fourth in the minor Don Bernhardt Stakes at Ellis Park July 22, a sixth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Churchill Downs in May and a seventh in the G3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn Park in April. Black Bear has been fairly competitive in is career but has yet to post a stakes score. Jockey Robby Albarado will try to change all of that from post 3.
Dee Poulos trained gelding has just six wins in 34 career starts to go along with 11 seconds and three third-place finishes. He won the minor Forego Stakes at Turfway Park in January and he won the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington in May but has been underwhelming in his other five starts of 2017. Last time out was an eighth in the G3 American St. Leger Stakes at Arlington August 12 after a seventh in the G3 Arlington Handicap July 8 and a sixth in the minor Mystic Lake Mile at Canterbury Park in June. Crewman has been hit-or-miss and hopes to be a hit Saturday from gate 8. Chris Landeros will be in the saddle.
British bred Dimension posted a win at 10-1 odds with a 102 Beyer Speed Figure in the 2013 Play the King Stakes and was OK after that - a good win in the minor Kentucky Downs Turf Dash September 24, 2014 and a third in the 2014 Grade 3 Play the King Stakes. Dimension caught fire again last summer - consecutive wins including the G2 King Edward Stakes at Woodbine July 2 and in the G2 Connaught Cup Stakes June 5. He failed to place in his previous six starts however and has failed to place in his last five overall as well. Last time out was a fourth in an Allowance Optional Claiming at Woodbine July 15 which followed a ninth in the G2 Connaught Cup on that track June 3, another ninth in the G3 Hanshin Cup at Arlington May 13, a sixth in the minor More Than Ready Mile at Kentucky Downs in September and a sixth in the G2 Play the King Stakes in July. Dimension now has seven wins, six seconds and a third-place finish in 38 career starts and hops to snap an ugly five-race skid from the outside post 11. James Graham has the mount.
Has just two wins and a second-place finish in 13 career starts for trainer D. Wayne Lukas. He makes his graded Stakes debut Saturday off a fifth in the listed Quick Call Stakes at Saratoga August 9, a ninth in an Allowance Optional Claiming on that track July 22 and consecutive wins including an Allowance at Ellis Park July 4 and a MSW at Churchill Downs June 11. Indy Hill has been less-than-spectacular lately but hopes to rediscover his early summer form from gate 2. Jon Kenton Court has been tabbed to ride.
Ronald Moss trained gelding has six career starts and has failed to place in any - four seventh-place finishes and two sixths so far in MSW races at Ellis Park. He tries to break his maiden Saturday but is unlikely to make much noise from post 9. Rogelio Miranda will be in the irons from post 9.
Race 9 on Kentucky Downs's Saturday card with a Post Time of 6:14 PM.
|1||Commend||4-1||Jose Ortiz||William Mott|
|2||Indy Hill||30-1||Jon Court||D. Lukas|
|3||Black Bear||15-1||Robby Albarado||Randy Morse|
|4||Tell All You Know||15-1||Katie Clawson||Kellyn Gorder|
|5||Bondurant||7-2||Brian Hernandez, Jr.||Ian Wilkes|
|6||Wyeth||8-1||Drayden Van Dyke||Thomas Amoss|
|7||Undrafted||9-2||Julio Garcia||Wesley Ward|
|8||Crewman||20-1||Chris Landeros||Dee Poulos|
|9||Mikes the Man||50-1||Rogelio Miranda||Ronald Moss|
|10||Hogy||5-2||Florent Geroux||Michael Maker|
|11||Dimension (GB)||30-1||James Graham||Conor Murphy|
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