(June 21, 2008) – Burr Travis Racing II’s Itsallaboutthechase, the longest shot in the field of seven allowance runners, held off a late bid from favored Cowtown Cat to win Saturday’s $50,400 Xavier University Musketeer Race at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by Bill Troilo, Itsallaboutthechase swooped to the lead at the head of the stretch with a three-wide move and had enough left to hold off Cowtown Cat by 1 ½ lengths in covering the mile on a fast track in 1:35.50.
Trained by Garry Simms, Itsallaboutthechase returned $34.60, $13.40 and $4.40. Cowtown Cat, now winless in seven starts since capturing the 2007 Illinois Derby, returned $3.40 and $2.20 under Miguel Mena. Save Big Money, ridden by Larry Melancon, finished another 4 ¼ lengths back and paid $2.60 to show.
The victory was the fifth in 22 lifetime starts for Itsallaboutthechase, a 5-year-old son of Devil His Due, who raised his lifetime earnings to $197,232.
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