Maker Looks to Pull Off a Big Prank
Turfway Park scored a significant victory last year after Animal Kingdom won both the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G.2) and the Kentucky Derby. It was the first time a horse had won Turfway’s biggest race and the most prestigous race in all of sports since Lil E. Tee accomplished the feat in 1992. This year a new crop of 3 year olds look to repeat in the same fashion and re-establish Turfway Park as a major stop on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
The ungraded $50,000 WEBN is the second prep in a three prep schedule leading up to the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes on March 24. Run at one mile on the Polytrack, Mr. Prankster leads a field of ten. The Mike Maker trained colt is looking for his second stakes win after being soundly beaten in the Kentucky Jockey Club (G.2), his first race beyond sprinting distances. After returning to Turfway, Mr. Prankster has trained well and looks to rebound on familiar ground.
Challenging Mr. Prankster will be Phantom Fury, a decisive winner in his last two at Turfway Park. Unraced at 2 until December, Phantom Fury is racing often and winning. This will be his fourth career start in a short time frame, but he has an 11 length win at the WEBN distance under his belt. Also conttending will be Mr. Prankster’s stablemate Magical Season with the meet’s leading rider Victor Lebron in the irons.
$50,000 WEBN Stakes, 3YO, One Mile (Polytrack)
- Sunday Mass, 118, P. Ouzts, M. Roberts, 30-1
- Phantom Fury, 118, R. Prescott, M. Laurer, 5-2
- Texas Josh, 118, T. Pompell, C. Cook, 15-1
- Antique Wedding, 120, M. Pedroza, K. Gorder, 20-1
- Hand I Was Dealt, 118, L. Martinez, S. Kintz, 12-1
- Magical Season, 118, V. Lebron, M. Maker, 9-2
- Tiz Tee Time, 118, B. Creed, P. Sims, 6-1
- Tigerdude, 118, C. Roman, J. Thornbury, 12-1
- Frankie Is Rock, 118, J. Felix, R. Flores, 10-1
- Mr. Prankster, 122, J. McKee, M. Maker, 2-1
Trainer Mike Maker has found his niche at Turfway Park winning multiple training titles over the last few years. His two starters today are a pair of contenders among the field of ten. However, the Polytrack always is a consideration when training a talented horse en route to the Kentucky Derby. I look for a strong race, but uncertain of who will emerge as a possible starter on the first Saturday in May. For Mr. Prankster to do so, he will need a great performance with something to build on for the future.
Good luck to all of the starters and connections competing today. We hope that all riders and horses return to the stables under safe conditions.
Written by Big Brink