POSSIBLE TURF CUP RUNNERS CLASH IN MAKERS MARK MILE

Multiple Grade 1 winner and 2008 Virginia Derby runner-up Court Vision, an earner of more than $2.6 million during his 26-race career, will open his six-year-old season as the horse to beat in Friday’s Grade 1, $300,000 Maker’s Mark Mile Stakes at Keeneland.

Trained by Richard Dutrow, Court Vision drew the innermost post among eight rivals in the 23rd edition of the Maker’s Mark Mile, which honors one of Central Kentucky’s famous bourbon distilleries. Robby Albarado rides.

Winner of the 2009 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, Court Vision finished second last year’s Maker’s Mark Mile. He last visited the winner’s circle following the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile three starts back in September, and concluded 2010 with a fifth on the Breeders’ Cup Mile and a fourth in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap. Court Vision has a history of running well fresh for Dutrow and merits serious respect off the 139-day layoff Friday.

Society’s Chairman, who was 1 1/2 lengths back of Court Vision in third in the 2010 Maker’s Mark, exits an encouraging second in the February 27 Canadian Turf at Gulfstream Park and looms as a top contender on Friday.

(Courtesy of Triple Dead Heat)
Graded stakes winners Get Stormy and Workin for Hops are also entered. Get Stormy, who posted back-to-back Grade 2 victories in the Fourstardave and Bernard Baruch last year before recording three consecutive unplaced efforts, appears headed in the right direction for trainer Tom Bush following a close third in the Grade 1 Gulfstream Park Handicap.

Grade 3 American Derby hero Workin for Hops exits a couple of nice fourths in the Grade 2 Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial and Grade 3 Fair Grounds Handicap for trainer Michael Stidham, and the four-year-old is a candidate to relish the cutback in trip Friday with jockey Rosie Napravnik.