(May 22, 2008) – Jockey Robby Albarado became only the seventh jockey in Churchill Downs history to win 700 races under the Twin Spires when Shive’s Success rallied to three-length victory in Thursday’s seventh race at the historic Louisville track. It was Albarado’s second win of the day.
The 34-year-old native of Lafayette, La. joined jockeys Pat Day (2,481), Don Brumfield (925), Larry Melancon (898), Jim McKnight (883), Calvin Borel (831) and Charles Woods Jr. (757) in Churchill Downs’ 700-win club.
“I’m thrilled to be included with such an accomplished group of great local riders,” said Albarado, who began riding at Churchill Downs on a full-time basis in the spring of 1996. “I’m most proud of my consistency over the years.”
Amazingly, Albarado has never won a riding title at Churchill Downs, but has won several crowns at Keeneland, Fair Grounds, Oaklawn Park and Arlington Park. He is the regular rider of reigning “Horse of the Year” Curlin, who could make his next start in the Stephen Foster Handicap (GI) at Churchill Downs on June 14.
Albarado was denied a third victory on the day in the featured $43,100 allowance when James Brady’s Ms. Margaret H., ridden by Borel, rallied from the outside to beat 4-5 favorite Sly Storm by 1 ½ lengths.Ms. Margaret H., a 3-year-old Point Given filly conditioned by Ian Wilkes, defeated nine 3-year-old fillies in a first-level allowance and ran seven furlongs in 1:23.03. It was her second win at the 19-day-old Spring Meet. The first place check of $27,031 jumped her bankroll to $79,004, and she has now won two of her eight career starts.
Ms. Margaret H. paid $11.40, $3.80 and $3. Sly Storm returned $2.60 and $2.60. Distorted Passion was third and paid $4.40.
Live racing resumes Friday at Churchill Downs with a twilight 11-race program that commences at 2:45 p.m. ET.
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