Boss Laffite wins first Keeneland feature of spring

Lexington, Ky. (April 4, 2008)—Boss Lafitte pulled a mild upset in the $150,000, Grade 3 Central Bank Transylvania Stakes Friday as Keeneland began its 16-day spring meeting.

Saving ground along the rail, the son of Dynaformer powered to the lead at the top of the stretch under jockey Robby Albarado to win the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds by a half length.

The Transylvania originally was scheduled to be run on the turf but was moved to the Polytrack following heavy overnight rains. Time for the distance was 1:44.43.

Riley Tucker cut into the winning margin in the final strides but had to settle for second, two lengths in front of third-place Budge Man. It was a neck back to fourth-place Prussian, the early leader.

Boss Lafitte won for the third time in nine starts and earned $93,000 for Marc Winston and Robert Levy’s Uptown Racing, LLC. The winner is trained by Tom Amoss.

“He’s a nice horse, and I rode him with a lot of confidence,” said Albarado. “Tom gave me basic instructions, just to get him in a comfortable position.”

Boss Lafitte, the 9-1 fifth choice in the field of eight, paid $21.20, $6.40 and $5.20.

“I think the Crown Royal (American Turf, a Grade 3 race on May 2) is a big possibility for us at Churchill Downs on Derby weekend,” said Amoss about the next race for Boss Lafitte. “We’ve always felt this horse likes grass. Usually form translates from this surface to grass, so that’s what we’ll probably do.”

Riley Tucker, ridden by Edgar Prado, returned $4.60 and $4.20 and Budge Man, with James Lopez aboard, paid $5.80.

Following fourth-place finisher Prussian came Free Fighter, Love Everybody, Barrier Reef and Groom’s Cat.