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Breeders Cup 2015

Rahystrada wins Kentucky Cup Turf

Rahystrada strutted his class while giving Greta Kuntzweiler her second straight victory in the Kentucky Downs showcase event, the Kentucky Cup Turf, as a four-day meet opened Saturday with the 14th running of the Grade 3, $150,000 race.

Always in striking position, Rahystrada took over for front-running Harrods Creek as the field of 10 turned for home in the 1 1/2-mile race and surged clear to win by 3 3/4 lengths over Odds On. Miami Deco was another head behind, with Rules of Honor fourth by another half-length.

Rahystrada, owned by Robert Courtney and based at the Thoroughbred Training Center with trainer Scooter Hughes, returned $3.60 as the heavy favorite after finishing in 2:32.40 over firm turf.

"We're just thrilled," Hughes said. "I said before the race I thought he could get this distance and get over the ground well enough. He went out there and did it." Read More


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