The Turf Cup
It is hard not to like Kentucky Downs. Big fields, competitive racing, big payoffs, quality horses and riders, all over a tough but interesting European style turf course.
The Turf Cup on Saturday drew 12 plus an also eligible for the cool One Million Dollar purse.
Let us have a look, shall we?
Red Knight makes his second start off a lay-off and his second start for Mike Maker. He likes the course, likes the distance, and his best races make him competitive. I think he is a contender, but that someone is probably better.
Breakpoint won a turf marathon at Santa Anita, but prior to that he was disappointing. Show me it wasn’t a fluke I say to him.
Temple is another from Mike Maker. He has never really done his best over this course and that factors big for me. I will go against him in here.
Arklow loves this track and has won this race before. He is getting older but is still a tough horse from a dangerous barn. It would be foolish not to respect him, but I won’t take him to win this race this time around.
Yet another Mike Maker runner is Keystone Field. He looks a cut below in here to me.
Glynn County is still another from Mike Maker. He likes the course but also looks a cut below a few of these.
Admission Office has had three races back from a long lay-off. He was good enough to win the first one back and has run races good enough to win this when at his best. He has had some legit excuses throughout his career. He has a tendency to leave himself a lot to do. That may not hurt him as much here where he races for the first time as it has at some other tracks. He will get the distance, and I think he will fire. I’ll take a shot here at about 10-1 or so which I think is more than fair.
Gufo will likely be the favorite and he should. Last time he took blinkers off and came off Lasix. Those moves get this horse to run his best race. Last time was the time.
Who’s the Star is interesting being two for two n the grass. He will have to go forward to win, but he is catching some older horses who may have seen better days. I think he can be live at a big price.
Another Mystery comes in for a super sharp outfit, but I don’t see enough gas in the tank to win here,
Rouge Element looks over his head.
Highest Honors looks like a threat to me. He is trained by Chad Brown, and he has upside on the grass. He also looks like he gets the perfect trip in here.
I am going to give the nod to Admission Office. I’ll be watching Highest Honors every step of the way though.
Enjoy the races!