Peter Callahan’s Hitechnoweenie surged to the front at the head of the stretch en route to a 5 ¼-length victory over favored Pedestrian in the $50,936 feature for fillies and mares on Thursday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Ken McPeek and ridden by Robby Albarado, Hitechnoweenie completed the 1 1/16 miles on a fast track in 1:45.02.
Hitechnoweenie is a 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Harlan’s Holiday out of the Meadow Monster mare Hi Tech Honeycomb. With a record of 6-2-0-1, Hitechnoweenie increased her earnings to $73,122 with Thursday’s $31,200 winner’s check.
Hitechnoweenie returned $14, $6 and $3.40. Pedestrian, ridden by Corey Lanerie, returned $3.20 and $2.60 and finished a nose in front of Tap Twenty One, who paid $2.80 to show under Alan Garcia.
A single day record total of $1,114,065 was bet into the Super Hi-5 on the day’s final race in which bettors are required to pick the top five finishers in order. A total of $303,033 was carried over from Derby Day and another $811,032 was added to the pot Thursday. A late scratch of the No. 1 horse, Star of Kitalpha, resulted in $352,753 in refunds.
The winning combination of 3-9-2-8-5 returned $1,094.80 on a $1 ticket.
The previous record one day Super Hi-5 pool was $1,032,658 on May 6, 2009 that featured a carryover of $251,856.
Racing continues Friday with an 11-race program that begins at 2:45 p.m. (EDT).
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014 and its 2013 Spring Meet is scheduled continues through Sunday, June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com.
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