|Maysville Slew Becomes Millionaire
with Upset Dallas Turf Cup Win at Lone Star Park
(June 19, 2004)- On a day when the Texas state lottery swelled
to a record $145 million, popular 8-year-old gelding Maysville Slew
became an instant millionaire when he rallied from far back to win
Saturday's $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup before a crowd of 13,609 at
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Maysville Slew, owned and trained by 59-year-old C.R. Trout of
Hammon, Okla., trailed swift pacesetters Waupaca and Star Over the
Bay by as many as 15 lengths at the half-mile marker, but the old
veteran closed with a rush to nail Southern California invader Star
Over the Bay by a neck at the wire.
In doing so, Maysville Slew earned $120,000 for the win and pushed
his bankroll to $1,007,609. He has won 16 of 64 races in a seven-year
career which began Aug. 21, 1998 at Arapahoe Park in Colorado.
"This old horse means so much to me and my family for what
he's done for us through the years and he's just a very good buddy,"
said a proud Trout as he fought back tears. "We couldn't have
done it without God, and we couldn't have done it without my grooms.
It gets emotional. I just can't tell you. I'm about to be 60 years
old and this is the best horse I ever had."
Maysville Slew, under jockey Cliff Berry, ran 1 1/8 miles on a
firm turf course in 1:49.89. He paid $45.20, $15 and $7.40 as the
second longest-priced horse in the field of seven older horses.
Star Over the Bay, ridden by Jon Court, sat just behind Waupaca
as the leader clicked off fractions of :24.02 for the first quarter-mile,
:47.70 for the half and 1:11.72 for three-quarters of a mile. Positioned
well off the rail throughout, the Mike Mitchell-trained Star Over
the Bay looked like a winner at the head of the stretch after fending
off a rally by 4-5 favorite Warleigh. But after sitting comfortably
behind the frontrunners, Berry asked Maysville Slew for his reliable
late kick and the Kentucky-bred unleashed a rally like a horse half
"I just let the horse set his own pace," Berry said.
"He'd run 64 times so he knew what to do. When he's right,
he runs, and that's what he did today. At the three-eighths pole
he took off and he meant to win. This horse a lot of time wants
to stay on his left lead and wants to lay in a little bit but he
comes running pretty good."
Said Court of his mount's runner-up effort: "He sat down,
but the seven horse just had a quicker turn of foot. He beat us
to the wire the last jump and a half."
Star Over the Bay finished 1 ½ lengths ahead of longshot
A to the Z, who rallied for third. Warleigh finished fourth, followed
by Agrivating General, Waupaca and Kentucky invader Della Francesca.
Although he won the $100,000 Essex Handicap (Gr. III) at Oaklawn
Park in 2000, the Dallas Turf Cup was Maysville Slew's most lucrative
of 10 career stakes wins. His other triumphs include the $40,000
Northern Spur, $100,000 Canterbury Park Derby and $100,000 Colorado
Derby in 1999; the $100,000 Remington Green Handicap in 2000; the
$100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap in 2001; the $100,000 Independence
Breeders' Cup Handicap and $75,000 Arapahoe Park Handicap in 2002;
and the $65,000 Prospector's Gamble Handicap in 2003.
Prior to the Dallas Turf Cup, Maysville Slew ran a credible fifth
in the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (Gr. III), finishing just
3 ¾ lengths behind front-running winner Yessirgeneralsir,
who will contest the Hollywood Gold Cup (Gr. I) on July 10. A year
ago, Maysville Slew finished in a dead-heat for second in the Lone
Star Park Handicap with eventual Breeders' Cup Sprint runner-up
"This horse was training so good and if we ever had a shot
to [reach $1 million in earnings], we thought today was our day
because there was so much speed in the race," said Trout, who
credited assistant Jose Martinez - Maysville Slew's gallop boy -
for a lot of the horse's success. "He always has had the heart,
he just wasn't blessed with much speed. He just has to have a pace
set up for him. Today they quickened on the front end and he was
able to come and catch them. He's got a good kick from the three-eighths
to the house. [In the Lone Star Park Handicap,] he was 17 out at
the top of the stretch and he closed 13 ½ to be beat just
Maysville Slew joins an illustrious group of 24 millionaires who
have raced at Lone Star Park: Skip Away, Real Quiet, Congaree, Sir
Bear, Heritage of Gold, Frisk Me Now, Dixie Dot Com, Littlebitlively,
Scott's Scoundrel, Nuclear Debate, Dynever, Candid Glen, Anet, Bonapaw,
Bourbon Belle, Nite Dreamer, Hal's Hope, Mr Ross, Silver Goblin,
Bien Nicole, Morluc, Vivace and J J'sdream.
"There are just so many things about this," Trout said.
"What it does for Jose's family, what it does for my family,
our grooms, what it does for [breeder] Mr. and Mrs. Sanford, they
owned the mare who passed away, what it does for our breeding program...there
are just a million things and it touches so many people. We just
had faith in the old horse."
For now, Maysville Slew will return to Trout's Oklahoma farm for
a well-deserved break. "We were going to take him home and
turn him out for a while," Trout said. "We'll take him
home and give him two or three weeks off, just to freshen him. We've
run him pretty hard the past few months. We haven't looked at anything