FLORENCE, Ky., Jan. 8, 2011 – Eleven three-year-olds broke the gate in the $50,000 Turfway Prevue Stakes Saturday at Turfway Park, but from the eighth pole to the wire it was a gutsy match race, with Inhisglory edging Banjammer by the barest nose to earn his first stakes trophy. Bluegrass Dreamer was six lengths farther back in third. Final time for the 6 1/2-furlong race was 1:21.78.
Wearing blinkers for the first time and with veteran rider Rodney Prescott aboard, Inhisglory settled fifth among a crowd down the backstretch. Tale of Lucknfame set the pace in :23.24 for the quarter and :48.16 for the half before dropping back. As the field entered the turn, the rail opened wide, Prescott called an audible, and Inhisglory skimmed through. Banjammer bumped with Tale of Lucknfame at the start and trailed the field early but quickly made up ground, coming wide and hard around the turn to set up the classic battle down the stretch.
"Our plan—like everybody else here for the last month—was to break and try to get to the outside," said Prescott. "But there was enough room for five horses inside and it looked like the best option. I made the lead pretty easy but I figured my horse would be waiting for somebody to come running, so I was just keeping him busy on the turn for home. Luckily when [Banjammer] swooped around he came up right next to me, so my horse got competitive and dug in. He's always looked around a little but I think [trainer Wayne Mogge] waited until he grew up a little before they put blinkers on him. The horse is really coming around."
Completing the order of finish were Hidden Punch, Champion Kid, Tale of Lucknfame, Sir Rudy, Zorro Veloz, Thewayitusedtobe, Military Jewel, and Favritememryofmine.
The 2-1 favorite, Inhisglory paid $6.60 to win, $4.80 to place, and $3 to show.
Mogge would like to aim Inhisglory toward Turfway's remaining two preps for the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3)—the WEBN Stakes in February and the John Battaglia Memorial in March—but he and his partners sold the gelding earlier this week to Peter Redekop B. C., Ltd. and Inhisglory is expected to ship to Fair Grounds. "We sold him on Wednesday and entered him [for the Prevue] on Thursday," said Mogge. "Agents are looking for three-year-olds this time of year and I think [Redekop] liked his last race," also a game win at Turfway.
Inhisglory broke his maiden at first asking and now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $63,733 in his nascent career. He is by Pure Prize out of the Pulpit mare Belle Erzulie.
Live racing continues at Turfway on Sunday at 1:10 p.m.