(June 1, 2008) – Miss Isella, ridden by Calvin Borel, took advantage of a clear path on the inside rail and rallied to a 2 ½-length win over Flaming Slew in Sunday’s $43,100 featured allowance at Churchill Downs.
Miss Isella gave trainer Ian Wilkes his 10th win from 27 starters at the meet. She clocked one mile over track rated “fast” in 1:35.15.
The 3-year-old daughter of 1997 Kentucky Derby champ Silver Charm collected her second victory in five career starts. The triumph was worth $27,301 for Ken Jones’ Domino Stud of Lexington, and increased her bankroll to $61,489.
Miss Isella, the 2-1 second choice in the field of 8 three-year-old fillies, returned $6.60, $3.60 and $2.60. Flaming Slew paid $5 and $3. Acacia, the 9-5 favorite, finished another 7 ¾ lengths behind the winner in third and paid $2.40.
Race 10, Sunday’s finale, produced a record payoff for the new Super Hi-5 wager, which requires bettors to pick the top five finishers in order. Only one winning ticket had the combination of 1-4-10-12-2 and it was worth $35,179.30, which bettered the $33,237.60 reward on May 15.
Mr Maccool, the 3-1 second choice, beat 2-1 favorite Calbo by a half-length, but 87-1 outsider Rubato d’Oro – the longest shot in the field of 10 maidens – finished third and triggered the jackpot payoff.
Another potentially large payoff looms Wednesday when live racing returns to Churchill Downs. The nine-race program, which begins at 1:15 p.m. ET, will feature a Pick 6 carryover pool of $23,529 on Races 4-9.
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