Three-year-olds will get one last chance of a stakes win in 2014 in the $35,000 Luke Kruytbosch Stakes on New Year Eve’s Wednesday at Turf Paradise.
All thoroughbreds, regardless of the date they were foaled, celebrate a joint birthday on January 1 of each New Year.
The Luke Kruytbosch, which drew a field of seven and which will be run at 1 1/16 miles, is named after Turf Paradise’s late announcer who passed away in 2008. Kruytbosch was also the announcer for Churchill Downs.
The Luke Kruytbosch
Leading trainer and stakes winner (7 of 18 stakes wins), Robertino Diodoro, has two formidable entrants among the seven entered: Edison and Twelve Tribes.
Edison comes off a six week freshener, having won four of eight starts in 2014 at four different tracks, for $182,336 in earnings. A $950,000 Fasig-Tipton 2-year-old purchase, Edison, a son of Bernardini, has two stakes wins to his credit, including the Grade 3 Canadian Derby. Edison finished fifth in his lone local start, the Jack Coady Stakes, to stablemate Twelve Tribes and runner-up Taelyns Prince, also entered in the Kruytbosch.
Twelve Tribes scored his third consecutive victory in winning the Jack Coady stakes as the favorite. Geovanni Franco, the meet’s leading rider, who’s piloted Twelve Tribes to all three wins, returns aboard the son of Street Cry.
Taelyns Prince, who’s adding blinkers for this event, has been campaigning primarily on turf. However, his lone start locally over a muddy track resulted in victory on Dec. 13.
Mr. Wild Kitty, who broke his maiden in winning the Colorado Breeders’ Derby at 1 1/16 miles, comes off a local allowance win Dec. 23.
That Cat’s Awesome has won four straight races while climbing the claiming ranks for trainer Eric Kruljac and is a perfect four-for-four locally.