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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.
Patricia Cunningham and Melissa Green’s Einstein (BRZ), who had failed to win in two previous starts in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI), made his third attempt a victorious one Saturday, taking the 22nd running of the $548,300 race at Churchill Downs.
Tom Grether Farms’ Intangaroo, ridden by Alonso Quinonez, got up in the final jump to edge Baroness Thatcher and Hystericalady in a three-horse photo to win the 22nd running of the $334,800 Humana Distaff (GI) for fillies and mares four-years-old and up at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Jacks or Better Farm’s Bayou’s Lassie scored a front-running victory in the 19th running of the $169,050 Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile (Grade III) at Churchill Downs on Saturday afternoon, defeating 2006 Eclipse Award winner Dreaming of Anna by 1 ¼ lengths.