Lawrence Carroll’s Bold Start took command on the far turn and then held off a late charge by Vicarian to take Sunday’s $58,080 feature race at Churchill Downs by two lengths.
Ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer Ken McPeek, Bold Start returned mutuels of $4.60, $2.60 and $2.20 as the favorite in the field of six. Vicarian, ridden by Calvin Borel, returned $4.20 and $2.80 with Knights Cross, ridden by Julien Leparoux, finishing third another three-quarters of a length back and paying $2.40 to show.
Bold Start, a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Jump Start out of the Flying Paster mare Dorky, covered six furlongs on a “fast” main track in 1:09.69.
The victory, the eighth in 30 starts and third in eight attempts at Churchill Downs, was worth $35,820 and increased Bold Start’s career earnings to $462,489.
Racing resumes Wednesday with a nine-race card with first post time at 12:45 p.m. ET.