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."