(June 6, 2008) – Saud bin Khaled’s Le Dauphin outgamed Valtrus in stretch-long duel to prevail by a neck and win Friday afternoon’s $43,100 allowance feature race at Churchill Downs for 3-year-olds and up.
Sent off as the 9-5 favorite and giving jockey Robby Albarado his third victory of the afternoon, Le Dauphin returned mutuels of $5.60, $3.20 and $2.10. Valtrus, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $3.40 and $2.40, while Glee Club, ridden by Calvin Borel, finished 5 ½ lengths back in third and paid $2.40 to show.
Le Dauphin, a 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Tale of the Cat trained by Bill Mott, covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:42.58 in defeating six rivals. The victory was the second in 15 career starts and was worth $27,031 to improve his career earnings to $108,251.
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