Heavy Breathing, a winner of his first two races at Gulfstream Park this winter, steps up to face graded stakes company for the first time in Saturday's Grade 3 Vinery Raciong Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in Kentucky. (Post time: 5:45 Eastern; TV: NBC SportsNetwork) The Spiral will run a distance of nine furlongs over Turfway's Polytrack surface.
Historically, the Spiral Stakes has produced a good share of horses that have gone on to win key stakes races later on in their career. Last year's winner Animal Kingdom won the Kentucky Derby in his next start. In 2007, Spiral Stakes winner Hard Spun went on to finish 2nd to Street Sense in the Derby. Other notable winners of the Spiral Stakes include With A City, Flower Alley, Perfect Drift, Lil E. Tee, Serena's Song, Hansel and Summer Squall.
Below are the entries and post positions for Saturday's Spiral Stakes, along with a video of last year's Spiral won by Animal Kingdom (via Turfway Park's YouTube channel). Morning line odds will be added when released.
|1||Russian Greek||C. Nakatani||J. Hollendorfer||10/1|
|2||Red Jack||M. Pedroza||D. Lukas||30/1|
|3||Heavy Breathing||J. Castellano||T. Pletcher||3/1|
|4||Went the Day Well||J. Velazquez||H. Motion||4/1|
|5||Holiday Promise||J. Alvarado||T. Pletcher||12/1|
|6||All Squared Away||L. Contreras||P. Miller||30/1|
|7||Ill Conceived||S. Elliott||J. Servis||8/1|
|8||Coach Royal||F. Jara||J. Sallusto||15/1|
|9||Tizanexpense||V. Lebron||M. Maker||15/1|
|10||Mr. Prankster||R. Napravnik||M. Maker||12/1|
|11||Stealcase||R. Maragh||M. Casse||10/1|
|12||Handsome Mike||J. Rosario||D. O'Neill||4/1|