Monday, February 27 2012

Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes Nominations Rise 27%

FLORENCE, Ky., Feb. 26, 2012 – The 41st running of the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (G3) at Turfway Park closed Friday with 166 nominations, announced Racing Secretary Rick Leigh. The number represents a 26.7 percent increase over nominations received in 2011.

Graham Motion, who won the Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes last year with eventual Kentucky Derby (G1) and Eclipse Award winner Animal Kingdom, has nominated five this year. Among them are four for last year’s winning owner Team Valor International, including Lucky Chappy, fourth in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G3) and runner-up by a nose in the El Camino Real (G3); Howe Great, last-out winner of the Kitten’s Joy Stakes; and State of Play, winner last fall of the With Anticipation (G3) and probable for the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes at Turfway on March 3.

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