Barbara Hunter’s Keertana collared pacesetter C.S. Silk at the head of the stretch and cruised to an easy 4 ¼-length victory in Sunday’s $55,854 feature race for fillies and mares at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Tom Proctor and ridden by Garrett Gomez, Keertana raced third in the early stages of the 1 1/16-mile race as C.S. Silk cut out fractions of :24.45, :48.08 and 1:11.72. Gomez moved Keertana off the hedge on the far turn, swooped past C.S. Silk and completed the distance on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in 1:42.03.
Keertana is a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Johar out of the Storm Cat mare Motokiks. The victory, Keertana’s second in two 2010 starts, improved her record over the Matt Winn Turf Course to 5-3-2-0 and was worth $35,280 to swell her career bankroll to $429,525 with a record of 15-6-4-3.
Keertana returned $2.80 and $2.10 in the field of five in which there was no show wagering. C.S. Silk returned $3.40 to place and was followed in order by Happiness Is, Celtic Princess (BRZ) and French Kiss.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program beginning at 12:45 p.m. (EDT).
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 Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will host the 137th running of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, May 7, 2011 and the Kentucky Oaks on Friday, May 6, 2011. The track’s 2010 Spring Meet continues through Sunday, July 4. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Churchill Downs tickets are available at Tickets.ChurchillDowns.com or by calling (502) 636-4400. Additional information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at ChurchillDowns.com.
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