(May 23, 2008) – The Neil Howard-trained Mambo in Seattle kicked home gamely to defeat Solemn Promise by one length in Friday’s $41,040 allowance feature at Churchill Downs to win the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:51.38.
Ridden by Robby Albarado, Mambo in Seattle tracked early leaders Pacific Gulf and Mister Fusaichi from third through fractions of :24.04 and :49.88 in the early stages of the first-level allowance. Into the final turn, the Kentucky-bred son of Kingmambo made a three-wide move, assumed a narrow advantage with a half-mile to run and put away Mister Fusaichi at the top the lane. He held off a late charge by Solemn Promise for his second win in five career starts.
The triumph for owners/breeders Will Farish and Mrs. W.S. Kilroy was worth $27,031. Mambo in Seattle, who broke his maiden at Churchill Downs last November, has now earned $79,843.
Mambo in Seattle returned $7.40, $3.60 and $2.80 as the 5-2 third betting choice in the field of seven 3-year-olds. Solemn Promise paid $4.20 and $3. Blackberry Road, the Kentucky Jockey Club and LeComte Stakes runner-up who returned to allowance company after nine straight appearances in graded stakes races, finished third as the 2-1 favorite and returned $2.40.
Albarado, who collected his 700th Churchill Downs’ victory on Thursday, won two races on Friday’s 10-race card. He finished the day tied atop the local jockey standings with Julien Leparoux, who had one victory. Both riders had 22 wins through the first 20 days of the 52-day Spring Meet. Jockeys Calvin Borel, Shaun Bridgmohan and Miguel Mena are in close pursuit, one victory behind the leaders.
Live racing resumes Saturday at Churchill Downs with an 11-race program that begins at 1:15 p.m. ET. The action is topped by the 71st running of the $150,000-added Louisville Handicap (Grade III), which goes as Race 10 at approximately 5:51 p.m. ET. Millionaire Brass Hat and three-time race winner Silverfoot head the field of 11 older horses in the 1 ½-mile turf race. There also is a Pick 6 carryover of $6,713.40 on Races 6-11.
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