Emma Darling was the beaten favorite in the Gowell Stakes in December after a stumble at the start forced her to catch up to finish third. A better start in the Cincinnati Trophy would give her a chance to stay a few lengths off the pace, her preferred style. Trainer Mike Maker currently is second in the standings and began this meet with four consecutive Turfway training titles to his credit. Leading rider Victor Lebron will be back aboard.
Clear Cut steps up to stakes competition off an optional allowance win at Turfway in late December. The win was her second in two tries on Polytrack; the first was an $80,000 claiming race at Keeneland in October. Rusty Arnold trains, with Bill Troilo to ride.
Completing the lineup are She’s Due (jockey Leandro Gonçalves); Karacuda (John McKee); Stone Runner (Azael De Leon); Dangerous Gal (Camilo Pitty); Walloon (Tracy Hebert); Uneven (Otto Thorwarth); B N Graced N Glory (Tom Pompell); Lady Cottingham (GB) (Aldo Canchano); and Tacky Cat (Orlando Mojica).
The Cincinnati Trophy is the 11th of 12 races on Saturday’s card. First post is 1:10pm.