(June 26, 2008) – Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Quota reclaimed the lead at midstretch from Lenawee and went on to score a three-length in Thursday’s $45,200 Valu Market Classic for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up at Churchill Downs.
The victory was the third of the day for jockey Robby Albarado, giving the Spring Meet’s leading rider his second consecutive three-win day and eighth three-win day of the meet to go with two four-win days.
Quota, a 4-year-old daughter of Seeking the Gold, covered the six furlongs on a fast track in 1:10.24 in winning for the third time in six career starts. She boosted her career earnings to $118,666 with the $28,348 winner’s check.
Trained by Al Stall Jr., Quota returned $5, $2.80 and $2.20 as the favorite in the field of five. Lenawee, ridden by Jamie Theriot, returned $3 and $2.20. Kristabella ran third under Robert Reeves Jr., but was disqualified for interference in the stretch to elevate Star of Luvina and Julien Leparoux into the show spot and a $2.40 payoff.
Quota was the lone favorite to prevail on Thursday’s nine-race program. Seven double-figure win payoffs equaled a high for the meet, matching that of the April 26 opening day card. As a result, there were no perfect tickets in the Pick 6 that triggered a $17,238.37 carryover for Races 6-11 on Friday.
The first of 11 live races at Churchill Downs on Friday is 2:45 p.m. (EDT).