NUN THE LESS REPEATS IN TWINSPIRES KENTUCKY CUP CLASSIC
Florence, Ky., (March 14, 2020) – Crystal Racing Enterprises and Contreras Stable’s classy Nun the Less became the first back-to-back winner of the $150,000 TwinSpires Kentucky Cup Classic.
Nun the Less, a 10-time winner, was ridden to victory by Rodney Prescott for trainer Cipriano Contreras.
Nun the Less sat in eighth early, about six lengths off the early pace of Lanier, who led the field of 12 older horses up the backstretch. Prescott tipped Nun the Less three wide at the three-eighths pole to begin his charge at pacesetting Lanier, collared the leader at the head of the stretch and scored a comfortable 4 1/2-length victory.
With his repeat victory in the Kentucky Cup Classic, Nun the Less improved his record to 35-10-5-9. He is undefeated, four-for-four, at Turfway Park.
Nun the Less rewarded his backers and paid $12.80, $4.20 and $3.20. The 2019 Jeff Ruby Steaks (G3) winner Somelikeithotbrown, who sat just in front of Nun the Less in the early stages of the race, closed ground for second and returned $3 and $2.60 as the 4-5 favorite. Signalman, with his usual late-running style, finished third and returned $4.20.
Blended Citizen, Space Mountain, Lanier, Peekacho, Dragon Bay, Royal Mesa, Lo’s Journey, Moon Over Montana and Flying Scotsman completed the order of finish. Thirsty Betrayal and Apreciado were scratched.
Nun the Less is an 8-year-old gelded son of Candy Ride (ARG) out of the Forest Wildcat mare Nunnery. He was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm and is owned by Crystal Racing Enterprises and Contreras Stable, Inc.
Nun the Less completed the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Cup Classic in a hand-timed 1:48.80, nearly two seconds faster than his clocking in last year’s race, 1:50.79.