Carl Moore's Chamberlain Bridge, ridden by Jaime Theriot and trained by Bret Calhoun, wore down pacesetter Piratesonthelake in deep stretch to win Thursday's $52,940 Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund feature race at Churchill Downs by 1 ¾ lengths.
Chamberlain Bridge, the 3-5 favorite in a compact field of five older horses, came within four one-hundredths of a second of Unbridled Sidney's 2005 course record by clocking five furlongs over "firm" turf in :55.58.
It was the 4-year-old gelding's second win in a row and seventh overall in 13 career starts. Previously, Chamberlain Bridge, claimed at Fair Grounds for $35,000 in March, scored an 18-1 upset in the $150,000 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 4.
The $35,026 first-place check pushed Chamberlain Bridge's career earnings to $259,931.
Chamberlain Bridge, a Kentucky-bred son of War Chant out of the Trempolino mare She's Got Class, paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10. Piratesonthelake returned $5.40 and $3.40. Carnacks Choice finished third and paid $3.80. Kingship and Junior College completed the order of finish. Euroears, Knights Cross and Truelyonbroadway were scratched.
Also on the card, jockey Julien Leparoux and trainer Mike Maker teamed to win three races and Leparoux added another. Leparoux has eight wins to lead all jockeys through the first three days of the 26-day Fall Meet. Maker holds a 7-6 edge over Ken McPeek in the race for leading trainer.
Live racing resumes Friday at Churchill Downs with a 10-race program that begins at 12:40 p.m. ET. The featured ninth race is an overnight stakes race for fillies and mares at six furlongs, the $61,000 Dream Supreme Handicap. The third race will showcase a $15,858 carryover in the revamped Z-5 (Super Hi-5) that requires bettors to pick the top five finishers in a race in exact order. There also will be a three-day Pick 6 carryover of $9,075 on Races 5-10.
Friday also doubles as College Scholarship Day. Churchill Downs, in conjunction with the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will give away $10,000 in college scholarships through prize drawing after each race. In addition, all full-time students at a college, university or trade school who present a valid school ID will receive free general admission.
There also will be New Orleans-themed "Friday Happy Hours" between 3-5 p.m. on the upper Jockey Club's paddock balcony featuring live music and $2 Budweiser Select, $2 hurricanes and $2 Fischer's hot dogs.