LAUREL -- A True Punch, ridden by Larry Reynolds, took the lead shortly after the start and breezed to a 10-length victory in the featured Kona Way Purse yesterday at Laurel Race Course.
A True Punch, trained by Berkley Kern, covered the six furlongs in 1 minute, 11 2/5 seconds over a track rated fast. Reynolds hand-rode the winner, who was never threatened. Sweepings got up for the place.
"The filly made no mistakes," said Kern. "She had a nice lead on the backside and really turned it on at the quarter pole. She's a very nice horse."
The victory was the second in six career starts for the 3-year-old filly by Two Punch, out of the Master Derby mare Mistress True, and almost tripled her earnings to $15,825.
Sunny Sunrise favored
Sunny Sunrise, high weight at 117 pounds and the likely favorite in today's $100,000 Polynesian Handicap at Laurel, worked a half-mile in 46 2/5 seconds Wednesday.
Six horses are entered in the 1 1/16-mile event with Sunny Sunrise's top opposition to come from Peanut Butter Onit and Gala Spinaway.
In addition to the live Polynesian,two other races will be simulcast today.
The Budweiser Breeders Cup from Monmouth, a $150,000 evenat one mile and 70 yards, and the $200,000 Alabama Stakes, a 1 1/4 -mile race for 3-year-old fillies at Saratoga, will also be shown.
Crowned and Wide Country are the likely favorites in thMonmouth race, and Easy Now and Pacific Squall are the choices in the Alabama.
The Maryland Racing Writers Association has announced that applications for the $1,000 Backstretch Employees scholarship are due Tuesday.
The applications should be sent to the Laurel press box.