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Turfway lineup looks to Classic

It doesn't exactly boast the fantasy lineup that materialized one year ago.

But while this year's field for the Kentucky Cup Classic is more blue-collar than brilliant, its outcome could still have an impact on the Breeders' Cup Classic next month.

A compact field of six is scheduled to enter the gate for Saturday's Grade II, $350,000 Kentucky Cup Classic, the headline event of Turfway Park's Kentucky Cup Day of Champions.

The Kentucky Cup Classic is one of four graded stakes races to be contested Saturday.

Turfway fans got a delicious treat last season when Street Sense and Hard Spun, the 1-2 finishers in the 2007 Kentucky Derby, both used the Kentucky Cup Classic as their final prep for Breeders' Cup.

Though they lack the glamorous credentials of their predecessors, graded stakes winner Honest Man and Stream Cat — who will each carry the high weight of 120 pounds in the Classic — could find themselves booked on a flight to Santa Anita next month if they deliver Saturday.

"If all goes well and if we could make the cut, we'll probably push for the Breeders' Cup Classic," said Honest Man trainer Larry Jones, who also saddled Hard Spun to victory in the 11⁄8-mile Kentucky Cup Classic last year. "This would be his first shot on a synthetic track, we feel we need to try that with him. But hopefully the Breeders' Cup is in the plans."

Added Rusty Arnold, trainer of Stream Cat, "We'd have to have nothing short of an extremely good performance on Saturday, but we're looking for (the Breeders' Cup Classic) actually."

Honest Man comes into the race off a widening 23/4-length victory over Grasshopper in the Grade III Philip H. Iselin Stakes at Monmouth Park on Aug. 16.

While he is most accomplished on the turf, Stream Cat is a good example of a horse whose form has translated equally as well on synthetic surfaces.

The five-year-old Black Minnaloushe gelding, who won the Grade III Arlington Handicap in his season debut July 12, captured the 2005 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway and was third in the Kentucky Cup Classic behind Hard Spun and Street Sense last season.

Arnold admits that, were the Breeders' Cup not being held on a synthetic surface this year, he may not have Santa Anita on his radar.

"I don't think we would have," Arnold said. "We actually feel like he is a little bit better on the artificial surface than he is on the grass."

Stream Cat will break from post position six on Saturday while Honest Man and Zanjero, the 9-5 morning line favorite, will break side by side from posts No. 1 and 2, respectively.

The Steve Asmussen-trained Zanjero scored his first win this season last time out when he rolled to a 43/4-length triumph in the West Virginia Governor's Stakes at Mountaineer on Aug. 2.

"He's a nice horse, and this looked like a good spot to run him," Asmussen said. "He travels well and has run well in a lot of different circumstances."

Graded stakes winners Bear Now and Maren's Meadow headline a field of seven entered in the Grade III Kentucky Cup Distaff while Gentleman James, ninth in the Grade I King's Bishop last month, is among a deep field of 10 in the Grade III Kentucky Cup Sprint.

The Grade III Kentucky Cup Juvenile and $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies are also part of the Day of Champions card.

Kentucky Cup Classic

Distance: 11⁄8 milesGrade: II

Purse: $350,000TV: TVG

For: 3-year-olds and up

Pp Horse Jockey Wt. Odds

1 Honest Man Thompson 120 5-2

2 ZanjeroBridgmohan118 9-5

3 Extreme SupremeThorwarth 118 5-1

4 Yate's Black Cat Mena 118 8-1

5 Canela Hernandez 118 20-1

6 Stream Cat Leparoux 120 2-1

Trainers: 1. J. Larry Jones; 2. Steve Asmussen; 3. John Ward Jr. ; 4. Dale Romans; 5. Michael Maker; 6. George Arnold II

Kentucky Cup Distaff

Distance: 11⁄16 milesGrade: III

Purse: $100,000TV: TVG

For: fillies and mares, 3-year-olds and up

Pp Horse Jockey Wt.

1 Tazarine Mena 112

2 Fancy Fusaichi Hernandez 120

3 Marquee Delivery Thorwarth 116

4 Bear Now Eurico Da Silva 120

5 Unforgotten Shaun Bridgmohan 120

6 Maren's Meadow Thompson 118

7 Devil House Leparoux 120

Trainers: 1. D. Wayne Lukas; 2. William Mott; 3. Philip Sims; 4. Reade Baker; 5. Dallas Stewart; 6. J. Larry Jones; 7. George Arnold II

Kentucky Cup Juvenile

Distance: 11⁄16 milesGrade: III

Purse: $100,000TV: TVG

For: 2-year-olds

Pp Horse Jockey Wt.

1 Sir Bubba Thorwarth 114

2 Gresham JLeparoux 114

3 Proud Jefe Lanerie 118

4 Retap Bridgmohan 114

5 Tar Beach Mena 114

6 Da Bear Facts Hernandez 114

7 West Side Bernie Elliott 114

8 Just Like Biscuit Castaneda 114

Trainers: 1. William Napier; 2. James Baker; 3. Tom Amoss; 4. Steve Asmussen; 5. Kenny McPeek; 6. Timothy Hamm; 7. Kelly Breen; 8. Adrienne Moore

Kentucky Cup Sprint

Distance: 6 furlongsGrade: III

Purse: $100,000TV: TVG

For: 3-year-olds

Pp Horse Jockey Wt.

1 Nautical Storm Mena 118

2 Eaton's Gift Bridgmohan 122

3 That's Grand Thorwarth 118

4 Hatta Fort Leparoux 118

5 Fatal Bullet Rosa Da Silva 122

6 Salute the Sarge Lanerie 118

7 Gentleman James Aguilar 118

8 Beyond Ready Thompson 118

9 Silver Sword Elliott 118

10 No Advantage Hernandez 118

Trainers: 1. D. Wayne Lukas; 2. Dale Romans; 3. Ray Tracy Jr.; 4. Saeed bin Suroor; 5. Reade Baker; 6. Eric Guillot; 7. Myra Mora; 8. J. Larry Jones; 9. Shannon Ritter; 10. Doug O'Neill

Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies

Distance: 1 mile

Purse: $100,000TV: TVG

For: 2-year-old fillies

Pp Horse Jockey Wt.

1 Bold Union Elliott 118

2 Sugar Mom Aguilar 114

3 Complicty Leparoux 114

4 Believe In Me Hernandez 114

5 Megalicious Miguel Mena 114

6 Juliet's Spirit Bridgmohan 118

7 Saxxy Rose Lee Thompson 114

8 Westline Thorwarth 114

9 Dream Empress Lanerie 114

Trainers: 1. Kelly Breen; 2. Wayne Catalano; 3. Michael Maker; 4. Timothy Hamm; 5. Dale Romans; 6. Steve Asmussen; 7. S. Joseph Cain; 8. David Vance; 9. Kenny McPeek

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