Last year’s Debutante (Grade III) winner Blueeyesintherein, the lone 3-year-old in the field of five fillies and mares, cruised to a 4 ¾-length victory in the $55,860 Thursday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Garry Simms and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Blueeyesintherein completed the six furlongs in 1:11.08 on the fast main track.
Dorothy Self, Barry King and Travis Morgeson V LLC’s Blueeyesintherein, winner of the Instant Racing at Oaklawn Park in April, rated in second behind Teroda in the opening stages of the race and then pulled Goncalves to the lead nearing the top of the lane. She increased her advantage to two lengths by the eighth-pole and then drew off effortlessly.
A dark bay or brown daughter of Magna Graduate, Blueeyesintherein improved her career record to 4-0-0 from five starts and her earnings increased to $184,556 with Thursday’s check of $34,200. Her lone defeat came when she finished fifth in the Eight Belles Presented by Xerox (GIII) on Kentucky Oaks Day.
Blueeyesintherein was the 6-5 favorite and returned $4.60, $2.80 and $2.20. Same Cross, under Rosie Napravnik, finished second and returned $3.20 and $2.20 with Sly Warrior a head-back in third under Ricardo Santana Jr. and returning $2.20 to show.
Racing continues Friday with an 11-race twilight racing program that begins at 2:45 p.m. (all times Eastern). The City’s Best Happy Hour, which includes drink specials, food trucks and live music from The Juice Box Heroes, will take place in The Plaza from 4-7 p.m.
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2014 and its 2013 Spring Meet is scheduled continues through Sunday, June 30. The track has hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships a record eight times. Information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at www.ChurchillDowns.com.