Sweetnessngoodness improved mightily from her first start to her second and is two-for-two at Turfway. She was so badly outrun in her debut at Churchill Downs in November that her jockey eased her home, but the light went on at Turfway a month later and she drew off decisively to win a maiden special by nearly six lengths. She put the debut questions firmly to rest in her third start, an optional allowance also at Turfway, winning by 1 1/4 lengths after pressing the early pace. Rodney Prescott was aboard for both wins but takes off to ride A. P. Diva, leaving Sweenessngoodness in the hands of seven-pound apprentice Alejandro Contreras. Mike Lauer trains.
Lotta Lovin won the first of the filly series, the Gowell Stakes for 2-year-olds in late December, despite using some of her energy to break through the gate before the start. She is two-for-four on all-weather surfaces and just fired a bullet five-furlong work at Turfway last Saturday. The meet’s hot trainer-jockey team, Mike Maker and Victor Lebron, join forces again in seeking a second stakes trophy for Lotta Lovin’s mantel.
A. P. Diva and Sweetnessngoodness are likely to be out first, and Lotta Lovin has shown early speed in the past, so the door may be open for one of several closers in the field, including last-out winner, Make a Toast, debut winner Poor Boy’s Passion, and Southern Bling.
The field for the Cincinnati Trophy from the rail out: A. P. Diva; Poor Boy’s Passion (jockey Sal Gonzalez Jr.); Make a Toast (Amanda Tamburello); Cozze Up Lady (Anthony Stephen); Sweetnessngoodness; Lotta Lovin; Nava (Constantino Roman); Flashy Lassie, a Grade 3 winner at two who’s looking to regain that promise (Orlando Mojica); Southern Bling (John McKee); and Piskacha (Juan Enriquez).
The Cincinnati Trophy is the ninth of 10 races on Saturday’s card. First post is 1:10 p.m.
The third race in the filly series is the one-mile Valdale Stakes, set for Feb. 25.