Turf Melody made the trip from Fair Hill to Churchill Downs, like many Herringswell runners have throughout the Fall meeting at the Louisville track. Unlike the others, the 2-year-old used the Churchill as a pit-stop.
After training at the site of the Kentucky Derby for three days, the Maria’s Mon colt ventured off to Remington Park in Oklahoma for the $200,000 Springboard Mile. He arrived at his final destination and took to the track on Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning. On Sunday night he became a stakes winner.
Sent off at 4-1, Jeremy Rose settled Turf Melody in ninth early on the two leaders moved swiftly enough in :23 and 46.40. As they approached the turn, Rose began to ask the three-time winner and he responded with a game stretch run that was good enough to nose-out Man Chester Man at the wire.
“The horse ran a game race, I didn’t know if was going to get there in time,” Rose said. “We kept driving and my horse kept digging. I still think my horse wants to go further. It was a good race.”
Turf Melody is owned by Priscilla Graham.