Grade 2 WinStar Kentucky Cup highlights Turfway Park's Day of Champions
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
The $200,000 WinStar Kentucky Cup (G2) is the marqee race on Turfway Park's rechristened Kentucky Cup Day of Champions on Sat., Sept. 24. The series, which is being sponsored by WinStar Farm for the first time, features five stakes serving as key Breeders' Cup preps.

The Classic is headlined by General Quarters, winner of the Grade 1 Blue Grass S. at Keeneland and earner of $1.2 million. Track favorite Baryshnikov will also garner plenty of support with four wins in his last five starts over the track.

The Classic produced the 2009 Breeders' Cup Mile winner Furthest Land. Over its 15 year history, the race has attracted champions Thunder Gulch and Silver Charm and Grade 1 winners Cat Thief, Captain Steve, Congaree and Roses in May.

Stallions standing at WinStar Farm will lend their names to the four undercard stakes as well. The four races will run as the Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff (G3), the Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint (G3), the Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile, and the Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The $100,000 Distorted Humor Distaff is for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at 1 1/16 miles. The top three finishers will earn seasons to one of three WinStar stallions—Super Saver, Colonel John, and Hold Me Back—in addition to purse money.

The $100,000 Speightstown Sprint, for 3-year-olds going six furlongs, drew WinStar's homebred Cal Nation as one of the race favorites. The Sprint has been won in the past by Reraise, 1998 Eclipse Champion Sprinter, 2008 Canadian Horse of the Year Fatal Bullet, and 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint (G1) winner Cajun Beat.

The 1 1/16-mile $100,000 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile will have a big favorite in Hansen, a 12-length winner in his only start at Turfway. The race has a rich history, with victories going to Editor's Note, Boston Harbor, Point Given, and Vindication, all who would go on to be named champion or a classic winner.

The one-mile $100,000 Tiznow Juvenile Fillies returns after a two-year hiatus. The race drew a competitive field of 12. It has been won in the past by Love That Jazz, who would go on to be second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (G1), and Grade 1 winner Tipically Irish.

The first post on Saturday is 1:10 p.m. ET.
In The Stud Feature:  Exaggerator

In The Stud Feature: Exaggerator

WinStar stallion Exaggerator is featured in the latest installment of Paulick Report’s “In the...

[read more]

$1.7 million Congrats filly tops OBS March 2-year-old sale title=
Congrats

$1.7 million Congrats filly tops OBS March 2-year-old sale

Congrats, the nation's leading sire of winners over the past two years, had his biggest winner of 2017 in the sales ring on Wednesday when a filly by the WinStar stallion sold for $1.7 million...

[read more]

$1 million colt tops Pioneerof the Nile's day at OBS March 2-year-old sale title=
Pioneerof the Nile

$1 million colt tops Pioneerof the Nile's day at OBS March 2-year-old sale

The second day of the March 14-15 OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds was a huge one for Pioneerof the Nile, topped by a $1 million dollar colt...

[read more]

OBS March 2-year-old sale: Big returns for Tiznow title=
Tiznow

OBS March 2-year-old sale: Big returns for Tiznow

The demand for the offspring of Tiznow was never more apparent than during the second day of the March 14-15 OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds...

[read more]

More strong results for Gemologist at OBS March 2-year-old sale title=
Gemologist

More strong results for Gemologist at OBS March 2-year-old sale

The second day of the March 14-15 OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training brought more solid results for leading second-crop sire Gemologist...

[read more]

Speedy Overanalyze colt brings $200K OBS March 2-year-old sale title=
Overanalyze

Speedy Overanalyze colt brings $200K OBS March 2-year-old sale

Narvick International was the top bidder for a colt from the first crop of Overanalyze during the final day of the March 14-15 OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training...

[read more]

Top-class Paynter colt hammers for $200K at OBS March 2-year-old sale title=
Paynter

Top-class Paynter colt hammers for $200K at OBS March 2-year-old sale

A colt by Paynter out of Grade 1 winner Awesome Humor sold for $200,000 during the final day of the March 14-15 OBS Sale of Two-Year-Olds in Training...

[read more]

“Super” results OBS March 2YO sale title=
Super Saver

“Super” results OBS March 2YO sale

The first day of the March 14-15 OBS March Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale yielded stellar results for Super Saver when hip No. 153 sold for $625,000...

[read more]

OBS March 2YO sale yields big return for More Than Ready title=
More Than Ready

OBS March 2YO sale yields big return for More Than Ready

Leading worldwide sire More Than Ready had one of the top-10 lots during Tuesday's session of the March 14-15 OBS March Selected Two-Year-Olds in Training Sale...

[read more]

$285K filly leads Day 1 at OBS March sale for Gemologist title=
Gemologist

$285K filly leads Day 1 at OBS March sale for Gemologist

After a very strong 2016 in the auction ring, Gemologist kicked off the 2017 2-year-old sales season with a $285,000 filly...

[read more]