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Hush of a Storm Tops 63 Jeff Ruby Steaks Nominations
Hush of a Storm winning the Battaglia Memorial (Credit: Coady Photography)

Hush of a Storm Tops 63 Jeff Ruby Steaks Nominations

FLORENCE, KY – Joseph P. Morey Trust’s $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial winner Hush of a Storm topped a roster of 63 horses that were nominated to the premiere race of Turfway Park’s meet, the $250,000 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3).

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The Jeff Ruby Steaks, a Road to the Kentucky Derby (G1) Championship Series race, will be one of six stakes events carded on Saturday, March 27 at the Florence, KY oval. The 1 1/8-mile event over the new Tapeta synthetic surface will award the Top 4 finishers 100-40-20-10 points for the $3 million Kentucky Derby presented by Woodford Reserve on May 1.

New for 2021, the point structure in the Jeff Ruby Steaks and its counterpart for 3-year-old fillies, the $150,000 Bourbonette Oaks, were both boosted from their previously-offered 10-4-2-1 points. The Bourbonette Oaks offers the Top 4 finishers 50-20-10-5 points toward the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks (G1) on April 30.

Other stakes on the afternoon card will be the $150,000 Kentucky Cup Classic for 4-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles; the $100,000 Rushaway for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; the $100,000 Latonia for fillies and mares at 1 mile; and the $65,000 Animal Kingdom for 3-year-olds at 6 1/2 furlongs.

“This is the day of racing many of us in the jocks room look forward to,” said jockey Chris Landeros, who ranks second in Turfway Park’s jockey standings with 26 wins. “I chose to stay home this winter to ride at Turfway and the meet has been great to us so far. I’m looking forward to ending it with a bang.”

The Jeff Ruby Steaks is likely to be featured by Hush of a Storm, who garnered 10 points on the Road to the Kentucky Derby with his victory in the February 26 John Battaglia Memorial. Trained by Bill Morey, Hush of a Storm is scheduled to be joined in the starting gate by the top 4 finishers of the Battaglia Memorial: M Racing Group’s runner-up Like the King; Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gary Barber’s third-place finisher Gretzky the Great; and Bourbon Lane Stable’s fourth Hard Rye Guy.

Trainer Mike Maker has six wins in the Jeff Ruby Steaks, including victories in the last two editions with Somelikeithotbrown (2019) and Field Pass (2020), respectively. Maker nominated six horses to this year’s Jeff Ruby Steaks including $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner Fire At Will.

The full list of nominees:

The nominees’ past performances, FREE courtesy of Equibase:

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