Stronach Stable’s Palm Princess held off a final bid by Miss Causeway to score a head victory in Wednesday’s $42,070 headliner for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs and key a track record $107,647 Super Hi-5 payoff.
Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, Palm Princess edged ahead of Miss Causeway on the far turn and opened a daylight margin in the stretch before hanging on for her second consecutive victory.
Trained by Dale Romans, Palm Princess returned mutuels of $8.80, $6 and $4.40. Miss Causeway, ridden by John McKee, paid $19 and $10.40 with Furusato rallying for third another half-length back under Jesus Castanon to pay $10 to show.
Completing the Super Hi-5, a $1 wager in which bettors must select the top five finishers in order, were Dandy Mandy and Itsawonderfullife.
There was only one winning ticket, and it was the third largest Super Hi-5 payoff in North America, only behind the $125,324 and $121,172 jackpots at Santa Anita on March 29 and Feb. 11, respectively. Churchill Downs’ previous Super Hi-5 record was $66,598.20 on June 12.
Palm Princess, a 4-year-old daughter of Royal Academy, covered the 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:51.71 in winning for the second time in six career starts. She boosted her career earnings to $71,136.
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