(May 25, 2008) – Indian Ashton, the 8-5 favorite in a field of 10 three-year-olds and up, broke fast from the gate and never looked back en route to a one-length victory over Probation Ready in Sunday’s $50,400 turf sprint feature at Churchill Downs.
Indian Ashton, a 4-year-old gelding trained by Wesley Ward, ran five furlongs on “firm” turf in :56.92 under jockey Elvis Trujillo. Ward also co-owns the California-bred with Brian O’Laughlin and Sanjesh Sharma.
The triumph was Indian Ashton’s fifth in 11 career starts. The $23,808 winner’s share increased his earnings to $208,198. Previously, the son of Tribal Rule finished fourth in the $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint (Grade III) on the May 2 Kentucky Oaks undercard.
Indian Ashton returned $5.40, $4 and $2.60. Probation Ready, a 22-1 outsider who rallied belatedly along the turf course hedge, edged Prosico for second and paid $12.60 and $5.80. Prosico, the 3-1 second choice, returned $3.40.
Live racing resumes Monday at Churchill Downs with a special 11-race Memorial Day card that begins at 1:15 p.m. ET. The holiday action is topped by the $100,000-added Winning Colors Stakes (GIII), a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares that will go as Race 10 at approximately 5:51 p.m. ET.
The Winning Colors field from the rail out (with jockeys and morning line odds): Gem Sleuth (Jesus Castanon, 12-1); defending champ Miss Macy Sue (Eusebio Razo Jr., 2-1); Adhrhythm (Corey Lanerie, 8-1); multiple stakes winner Pretty Jenny (Jaime Theriot, 7-2); two-time 2008 stakes winner Graeme Six (Julien Leparoux, 5-2); and 2006 Pocahontas Stakes champ Change Up (Robby Albarado, 3-1).
There also will be a Pick 6 carryover of $20,883.97 on Races 6-11.
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