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Mar 24, 2006

A dozen entered in Lane's End Stakes


Florence, KY (Sports Network) - Saturday's $500,000 Lane's End Stakes at Turfway Park has drawn a field of 12 three-year-olds for the 1 1/8 mile race. Left out of the field was expected favorite Strong Contender.

With the size of the Lane's End field limited to 12 horses based on career winnings, the lightly-raced Strong Contender came up short with just $36,000 in earnings.

Trainer Nick Zito has two colts entered in the Lane's End, Super Fly and Hemingway's Key. Zito saddled 1999 winner Stephen Got Even.

Super Fly will be ridden by Jeremy Rose, the jockey for 2005 champion three- year-old Afleet Alex, and starts from post three. The colt was third in his last start at Gulfstream Park and his lone career victory was in a stakes race last year at Delaware Park. Super Fly has earned $156,710 in seven starts with one win. He is the 7-2 morning line favorite.

Hemingway's Key, who edged out Strong Contender with earnings of $39,498, is owned by George Steinbrenner and has two wins in four starts. He will be ridden by Jesus Castanon from post eight. The colt is 4-1 in the program, as is Laity.

Laity recently captured the John Battaglia Memorial at Turfway and is trained by Frank Brothers for Claiborne Farm. He will be ridden by Corey Lanerie and start from post nine.

Experience should be on the side of Tahoe Warrior, who has been to the starting gate nine times with two wins. The bay colt is coming off an allowance race victory at Gulfstream Park last month. Tahoe Warrior is owned by Edgewood Farm and trained by award winning trainer Todd Pletcher, who has won this race twice, including last year with Flower Alley.

Tahoe Warrior, 9-2 in the morning line, will be ridden by Chris DeCarlo from post five. In both of his wins, the three-year-old stalked the pace before taking the lead.

Rounding out the field are Malameeze (20-1), With a City (30-1), Starspangled Gator (30-1), Sharp Attack (15-1), Seaside Retreat (12-1), More Than Regal (15-1), Pair of Kings (20-1) and Silent Times (5-1).

Post time for the Lane's End Stakes will be 5:45 p.m. (et).

In other Triple Crown news, it was announced Wednesday that Corinthian, the disqualified winner of the Fountain of Youth Stakes, will not pursue the Kentucky Derby due to a minor fracture of his left hind ankle.

Trained by Jimmy Jerkens, Corinthian was scheduled to go in the Wood Memorial on April 8. The three-year-old is owned by Centennial Farms.

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