Arklow Proves Best Late In Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes

Trainer Brad Cox’s impressive 2018 season kept chugging along Saturday at Kentucky Downs, with an upset by Arklow in the Calumet Farm Kentucky Turf Cup Stakes.

Ridden by Florent Geroux, Arklow (6-1) came from near the back of the pack early, saving ground and edging clear late to prevail by a half length over Bigger Picture in 2:30.56 for the 1 1/2 miles. Soglia finished third while last year’s winner and race favorite Oscar Nominated wound up fifth.

“Looking at it on paper, I thought he’d be somewhere close. But it wasn’t to be. It’s not that he breaks bad, but sometimes he just doesn’t break real fast,” said Cox. “You think going a mile and half he would put himself up into the race. But I talk to Florent after the race and he said the horse just didn’t really want to be involved early. He did a good job saving ground and gave him a great trip.”

Owned by Donegal Racing, Joseph Bulger and Peter Coneway and bred in Kentucky by John R. and Frank Penn, Arklow is a 4-year-old son of Arch out of the Empire Maker mare Unbridled Empire. Cox couldn’t commit to a start in this year’s Breeders’ Cup, but he’s convinced Arklow will continue to improve as he matures.

“We’ve thought all along that this is a horse that’s going to get better as a 4-year-old, maybe even better as a 5-year-old,” Cox said. “That’s typical of an Arch, they get better with age.”

Arklow prepped for the Kentucky Turf Cup a month ago at Ellis Park in the Kentucky Downs Preview Calumet Farm Turf Cup Stakes and won that race too. He’s three for six in 2018 and has won five of 15 career starts.

“He’s a big horse, very long stride and very good mover. I always thought the longer the better for him,” said Geroux. “Brad did a great job bringing him to the race today in excellent shape and in very good form.

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