By Dick Downey
The seven-furlong Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies has drawn a quality field of eight 2-year-olds, most of them untested in stakes company. They'll be running for $75,000.
Zip Cash Back is the highweight at 122 pounds and comes into the Franklin, Ky. track off a win of the 5 1/2-furlong Tippett Stakes at Colonial Downs on July 21. The victory came on yielding ground. Owner-trainer Tevis McCauley gives the call to ride to Leandro Goncalves. Zip Cash Back aboard the daughter of City Zip.
Shaun Bridgmohan will be in the irons on Noun. The War Front filly broke her maiden going a mile as the even-money favorite in a full field at Ellis Park on Aug. 11. It was the second start for the David Carroll trainee. Noun is owned by Nan-Oak Farms and Claiborne Farm.
Todd Freeman trains Free Song, a Pennsylvania-bred daughter of Hat Trick (JPN). Free Song is a veteran of one race, a win over Presque Isle Downs' synthetic track at 5 1/2 furlongs. She was 53-1 -- and she prevailed by four lengths. Eddie Martin, Jr. has been named to ride.
Hit Girl, by First Samurai, comes in for popular trainer Larry Jones. Jones has lined up David Cohen to guide Hit Girl in her second start after a debut win at Ellis Park on Aug. 25. Hit Girl is another one that's won at 5 1/2 furlongs. She led every step of the way in her debut.
Chicago-based trainer Wayne Catalano has entered Gary and Mary West's Oscar Party, who's still a maiden after two starts. The fact that both races were at Saratoga is sure to attract bettors. Oscar Party finished last of seven in her debut going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt. She'll cut back in distance on Saturday, though, after finishing third in a 1 1/16-mile turf race under John Velazquez. Kent Desormeaux has the mount on the daughter of Dixie Union.
Moonwalk, who's had two starts on dirt at Elllis Park, was entered by trainer Dale Romans, and veteran Kentucky Downs jockey Corey Lanerie will be up. After a second-place finish in her debut, Moonwalk, who was sired by Malibu Moon, won her second race, another one at 5 1/2 furlongs. Moonwalk is a homebred for Spendthrift Farm.
Trained by co-owner Jimmy Corrigan, Hennyville was sired by Henny Hughes and shares honors for being the most experienced runner in the field with four starts. She broke her maiden on dirt at Mountaineer Park first time out and has a second and a third on the synthetic at Presque Isle Downs to her credit as well.
Storm of Energy rounds out the field. By Pure Prize, she's trained by Tommy Ray Mills. Victor Lebron, who's been a regular at Kentucky Downs, will be in the irons on the four-time starter. Like Hennyville, Storm of Energy has a single win to her credit. That came in her third start, a $30,000 maiden claimer going 5 1/2 furlongs on Ellis Park's turf course. Put on dirt in a Mountaineer allowance race, she finished fourth in her most recent effort.
The Kentucky Downs Juvenile Fillies is race 7 on Saturday's card with a post time of 4:35 CT, 5:35 ET. Three other stakes will be run that day: the Kentucky Downs Ladies Marathon, the Kentucky Downs Juvenile and the Grade III Kentucky Turf Cup.