In his first start since being claimed for $80,000, the 8-year-old Hogy won the Grade 3 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint, his first graded victory since the gelding was 4. In his second start for owner Michael Hui and trainer Mike Maker, Hogy finished a respectable second in Keeneland’s Grade 2 Woodford behind 26-1 shot Bucchero, who is trained by Evansville product and Louisville resident Tim Glyshaw.
When those two meet again in Saturday’s $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Hogy will race in blinkers for the first time after 47 starts that have produced 17 victories and $1.17 million in earnings.
“If he wins, I’ll be 2-for-2 putting blinkers on 8-year-olds,” Maker said jokingly. “So that might be a strong handicapping point.”
The other horse? “I was afraid you were going to ask that,” he said. “She ran for a ‘nickel’ at Indiana Grand.” More seriously, he said, “He’s been leaving himself so much to do. I don’t think he’s going to be able to do that at five-eighths on this track. Since he’s put the blinkers on, he’s been quite aggressive. I’m just hoping he can stay within four or five lengths of the leaders.”