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Jamaludin Wins Thanksgiving Eve Feature

| Churchill Downs Communications | 11/26/2008 #
  • Jamaludin won the Nov. 26, 2008 feature at Churchill Downs with Julien Leparoux in the saddle.

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s favored Jamaludin took control on the final turn and cruised to a 5 ½-length victory in Wednesday’s $44,620 Thanksgiving Eve allowance feature at Churchill Downs.

Jamaludin, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Chester House, covered the 1 1/8 miles on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:51.72 in winning for the third time in 11 career starts. The winner’s check of $28,796 increased Jamaludin’s career earnings to $103,755.

Ridden by Julien Leparoux and trained by Mike Maker, Jamaludin rewarded his backers with payoffs of $6.80, $4.20 and $3.40. Don’twait Toolong rallied for second under Calvin Borel to pay $9.20 and $5.20 and finished three-quarters of a length in front of My Happiness who paid $6.60 to show with Larry Melancon up.

Leparoux’s victory was his 51st of the meet, leaving him four away from tying Pat Day’s 23-year-old Fall Meet record for wins. Robby Albarado, a clear second in the standings, won four races Wednesday to bring his meet total to 37. The 26-day meet concludes Saturday.

The final three days of Churchill Downs’ 2008 Fall Meet will have special start times. Twelve-race holiday cards on Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), Friday (Clark Handicap Day) and Saturday (Closing Day/Stars of Tomorrow II) will begin early at 11:30 a.m. ET and grandstand admission gates will open at 10 a.m. ET. The Thanksgiving Day card is topped by the $150,000-added Falls City Handicap (Grade II) for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles.