Atigun returned to the turf two starts back, defeating a salty group of optional claiming rivals on the Kentucky Derby undercard, and just missed with a rallying second in the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap on May 25. The Kenny McPeek-trained colt will seek his first stakes victory when he lines up for Saturday’s Grade 2, $300,000 Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs.
The 2013 Colonial Turf Cup will mark the 9th edition of the Turf Cup, which serves as a prep race of sorts for the Virginia Derby. The Turf Cup, which has a Grade II ranking, is contested at the distance of 1 3/16 miles over the Secretariat Turf Course.
The stakes action kicks off with the $75,000 Da Hoss (race 5) at a mile on turf and Hudson Steele is the top draw in the seven-horse field. A Grade 2 winner last season, the six-year-old gelding will be making his first start for Pletcher since a sixth in the Grade 1 Man ‘o War 11 months ago.
Special Post Time on Saturday at Colonial Downs – 5 PM (EDT)
Colonial Turf Cup Past Winners
|2012||Turbo Compressor||01:55.1||Joe Bravo||Todd Pletcher|
|2011||Rahystrada||01:54.3||Sheldon Russell||Byron G. Hughes|
|2010||Paddy O’Prado||1:54:20||Kent J. Desormeaux||Dale Romans|
|2009||Battle of Hastings||01:57.2||Tyler Baze||Jeff Mullins|
|2008||Sailor’s Cap||02:02.4||Alan Garcia||James J. Toner|
|2007||Summer Doldrums||01:55.3||Jose Lezcano||Richard A. Violette Jr.|
|2006||Showing Up||01:53.0||Cornelio Velazquez||Barclay Tagg|
|2005||English Channel||1:56:37||John Velazquez||Todd Pletcher|