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Scarlet Love Wins Thursday Feature; Super Hi-5 Returns Record $33,237.60
Michael Jarvis and Ken Smole’s Scarlet Love, ridden by Jesus Castanon, rallied to a 3 ½-length victory over 8-5 favorite Pathologist in Thursday’s $36,400 allowance feature at Churchill Downs.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Not For Love, Scarlet Love covered one mile on a “sloppy” main track in 1:39.16 en route to her second victory in 13 career starts for trainer Wally Dollase.
Scarlet Love was patiently rated by Castanon in the early stages of the race before making a four-wide rally on the turn for home. She assumed the lead with an eighth of a mile to run and kicked clear to earn a $20,336 first-place check. She boosted her bankroll to $98,523.
The race was originally scheduled for turf, but was transferred to the main track due to afternoon rainfall. After nine late scratches, the field was reduced to six starters.
Scarlet Love returned $21.40, $7.80 and $3.60. Pathologist paid $3.60 and $2.20. Ballynoe finished third and returned $2.80.
In the ninth and final race, 54-1 longshot Amber Dubai edged 3-5 favorite Proper Paul and helped trigger a Churchill Downs record payoff of $33,237.60 in the new Super Hi-5, which requires bettors to pick the top five finishers in perfect order. There was only one winning ticket with the combination of 9-2-6-4-8. On April 30, a winning Super Hi-5 ticket returned $33,031.50.
The upset in the finale also helped produce a one-day Pick 6 carryover of $1,974 for Friday’s 11-race program, which begins at 2:45 p.m. ET.