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Idaho Cup Thoroughbreds at Sandy Downs, richest day ever in Eastern Idaho racing on Saturday


August 12, 2010     E-mail this page to a friend!

On Saturday, August 14, Ida Racing at Sandy Downs hosts the richest horse racing day ever staged in Eastern Idaho when the Idaho Cup Thoroughbreds take center stage.

More than $140,000 in purse money is up for grabs Saturday in 11 live races. First post time is 2 p.m.

Anchoring the stellar Idaho Cup Thoroughbred races is the $20,000 Classic to be contested over the Sandy Downs mile course.

Heading the field is Silver Wildcat, a five-year-old Idaho-bred gelding, who ships in from Canada for Saturday’s engagement. Silver Wildcat has been tabbed as the 7-to-5 morning line choice and will be ridden by Jockey Alex Jimenez.

In Saturday’s Classic showdown, Silver Wildcat figures to have his hands full with the likes of Bonk. The six-year-old gelding has been racing against much better company at such top level tracks as Calder Race Course and Gulfstream Park in Florida

Bonk’s last racing effort was recorded July 25 at Arapahoe Park, where he took on a field of $4,000 claimers and waltzed into the winner’s circle with a ¾-length victory.

The first two races of the afternoon are the Idaho Cup Distaff Derby and the Idaho Cup Derby. Both races carry $20,000 purses and will be run over one mile.

In the filly division, it looks like a wide open affair. Of the five fillies entered, the longest shot on the morning line program is Money On The Spot, listed at only 4-to-1. The favorite, according to the line maker, is I’m Not Alone, listed at a lukewarm 3-to-2.

In the boys division—the second race on the card—Red Dirt is the one to reckon with. The sophomore colt shipped into Sandy Downs after campaigning at Golden Gate Fields.

He made his debut at Sandy Downs on July 2 and quickly made a name for himself racking up an impressive going-away win at a sprint distance of five furlongs. He was backed as a heavy 1-to-2 favorite.

In the middle of the card, the Idaho Cup Thoroughbred Sprint and the Idaho Cup Distaff Maturity offer plenty of wagering possibilities.

In the Sprint, look for Lucky Truckee, the 8-to-5 morning line choice, to turn on the afterburners. He has blown his competition away on the last three efforts at Arapahoe Park in Colorado. He’ll break from the #4 post position with Jockey Mark Allen Boag in the tack.

The Idaho Cup Maturity offers a nine-horse field. Pickin’ With Dehlia is pegged as a very loose 3-to-1 program choice, followed by Audaciously, 7-to-2, Ranaway Fay, 4-to-1, and Miss Daisy Mae at 5-to-1.

Rounding out the six Idaho Cup Thoroughbred races is the Juvenile, the 11th and final race of the day.

The two-year-old stakes will be contested over five furlongs and, out of the 10 horse field, only two have ever started. They are Opie Oboe, who finished fifth at Sandy Downs July 30, and Snow Gals Time, who’s been to the starting gate three times. In her last try, she finished second at four furlongs.

Also on Saturday’s powerful packed program is the $30,782 Hawthorne Futurity set for 350 yards. Leading the charge is a bettors’ toss-up between Hadtobeawinner and Lajolla Famosa. The latter has never lost a race in three starts and breaks from the #8 post. Hadtobeawinner, drew the #2 position and will be trying for his third career victory.

In addition to the great racing program this weekend at Sandy Downs, multiple award winning Asleep at the Wheel will be performing the Lawn Stage immediately following the races Friday night. Gates open at 4:00 p.m., while Friday’s first race is 5:00 p.m.