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(May 17, 2008) – Zayat Stables’ Eaton’s Gift turned back a strong challenge from Devereux in deep stretch and inched clear late for a 1 ½-length victory in Saturday’s $108,800 Matt Winn Stakes at Churchill Downs. Ling Ling Qi, the 9-5 favorite in the field of seven 3-year-olds, finished third.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (May 16, 2008) – Talley Racing’s 11-1 longshot Initforthekandy led every step of the way under jockey John McKee and held off a late charge by 8-5 favorite Aspiring and 5-2 second choice Day of Victory to win Friday’s $45,200 allowance feature at Churchill Downs by a half-length.
Michael Jarvis and Ken Smole’s Scarlet Love, ridden by Jesus Castanon, rallied to a 3 ½-length victory over 8-5 favorite Pathologist in Thursday’s $36,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
An hour before Kentucky Derby champ Big Brown tries to keep his Triple Crown hopes alive in Saturday’s $1 million Preakness Stakes, another IEAH Stables’ 3-year-old will attempt to land the $100,000-added Matt Winn at Churchill Downs.
Richard Bertram and Elaine Klein’s homebred Go West Bert slipped through a small opening along the inside rail at the top the stretch and powered home to a 14 ¼-length victory over Bobby Blue Eyes in Wednesday’s $43,100 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
Track record-holder Indian Chant cruised to a five-length victory over Success Success to win the $60,000 six-furlong feature for three-year-olds and up Sunday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
WS Farish Jr’s Seaside Retreat roared from off the pace to win the $60,000 feature race for three-year-olds and up by two lengths over even-money favorite Crested on Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs.
Melynk Racing Stables’ Marchfield lived up to his 4-5 favoritism by running down pacesetter Brilliant Bid to win Friday’s $53,800 allowance feature for three-year-olds and up by 1 ¼ lengths at Churchill Downs.
Zabeel Racing International’s Tiz Now Tiz Then rallied from just off the pace under Miguel Mena to win Thursday’s $51,300 allowance feature for three-year-olds at Churchill Downs by 2 1/2 lengths over Star Defender.
The victory was the fourth of five on the afternoon for Mena.
IEAH Stables and Paul Pompa Jr.’s Big Brown justified his trainer’s confidence and the faith of the betting public by powering to a 4 3/4-length victory over Fox Hill Farms’ filly Eight Belles to win the 134th running of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands before a crowd of 157,770, the second-largest in history.