Early move keys Totally Boss' Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint win

September 07, 2019 04:54pm

Totally Boss began to nudge past longshot leader Smart Remark at the top of Kentucky Downs’ lengthy stretch, and that proved a winning move Saturday in the Grade 3, $700,000 Turf Sprint.

Better-known rivals such as Imprimis, who ran at Royal Ascot this season, and Stormy Liberal, a reigning turf champion, looked for room to run. But as is the nature of this division, Totally Boss got the trip to spring a 4-1 upset.

A 4-year-old son of Street Boss trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Florent Geroux, Totally Boss earned a “Win and You’re In” trip to the Nov. 2 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint on Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.



"Florent said before the race he didn't think there was a lot of speed in here and he thought he'd be a little closer," said Arnold, who confirmed Totally Boss will train up to the Breeders' Cup from here.

"He broke great, and it worked out."

Totally Boss entered off a victory in the Kentucky Downs Preview Turf Sprint run Aug. 4 at Ellis Park – a victory that gave the gelding free entry into Saturday’s race.


For owners Jim and Susan Hill, the former $180,000 yearling purchase has now won six of 15 career starts. This race marked his graded stakes debut.

Totally Boss won his first two starts this spring, then ran second by a nose to multiple graded stakes hero Om on June 29 at Churchill Downs in an allowance.

“We thought at that point he was a really good horse,” Arnold said. “Jim Hill picked the Ellis Park race. He said, ‘I’m afraid that if we go to New York, it may rain. Things may go wrong. We may get a bad trip. Let’s go to Ellis for the (Kentucky Downs) ‘Win and You’re In.’ Then he barely got up, which was great. He got up and got us a ‘Win and In’ to this race.

“Now we get to the next one.”

Smart Remark held on for second Saturday, while Totally Boss’ stablemate Leinster beat out Imprimis for the third-place photo.

“He ran great too,” Arnold said of Leinster, who entered off a last-out Saratoga win in the Troy (G3). “(Jockey Tyler Gaffalione) told me he got bumped a bit turning for him. It kind of knocked him off stride. He lost a little bit.

“But he finished up running good, so it was a good day.”

Stormy Liberal — who has won the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in back-to-back seasons — missed the board.

Totally Boss returned $10.80 to win. He joined World of Trouble (Jaipur Invitational Stakes), Blue Point (Diamond Jubilee Stakes) and Battaash (Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes) as runners who've earned Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint qualifying berths.

 

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