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Officer Rocket Rallies Late To Win Churchill Downs Feature
Frank Fletcher Racing Operations, Inc’s Officer Rocket rallied from last place under a rail-skimming ride from Calvin Borel to overtake Bold Start by a head to win Wednesday’s $50,400 feature race, an allowance test for three-year-olds and up, at Churchill Downs.
Bold Start, ridden by Larry Melancon, assumed the lead after a quarter-mile and opened a daylight margin in the stretch until Officer Rocket sailed past on the inside in the shadow of the wire.
Officer Rocket returned mutuels of $12, $4.60 and $3 in defeating five foes. Bold Start paid $3.40 and $2.60, while True Course, who was another six lengths back in third under Corey Lanerie, returned $3.40 to show.
Officer Rocket, a four-year-old son of Officer trained by Bob Holthus, covered the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:21.93. The victory was the fifth in 17 career starts for Officer Rocket and worth $23,808 to raise his career earnings to $317,818.