(May 18, 2008) – Arthur B Hancock III’s homebred Shone collected his second win at Churchill Downs this season with a comfortable four-length victory over Badger Barry and 9-5 favorite First Degree in Sunday’s $45,200 allowance feature.
Trained by Nick Zito, Shone covered seven furlongs over a “fast” main track in 1:23.12 under jockey Miguel Mena, and defeated six rivals in a second-level allowance for 3-year-olds.
Shone, a Kentucky-bred son of Menifee out of the Procida mare Protostar, tracked early leaders First Degree and Pariloli’s Trick from third through fractions of :22.51 for a quarter-mile and :45.41 at the half. He vied for the lead three-wide on the turn for home, assumed command with a quarter mile to run and kicked on under Mena’s right-handed urging.
Shone returned $12.40, $5.60 and $2.60 as the 5-1 third betting choice. Badger Barry edged First Degree for second and paid $3.80 and $2.20. The third place finisher returned $2.40.
It was the 5-year-old gelding’s third triumph in 17 career starts, but his second consecutive victory this season under the Twin Spires. Shone prevailed by a neck on April 27 in a first-level allowance here for his win since February 18, 2006.
Shone, who earned $28,348 for the win and padded his bankroll to $143,378, joined Chippewa Court as the only two-time winners at Churchill Downs through the first 17 days of the track’s 52-day Spring Meet.
There’ll be no racing at Churchill Downs on Monday or Tuesday. Live action resumes Wednesday with a nine-race card that begins at 1:15 p.m. (all times Eastern).
Wednesday kicks off a special six-day holiday racing week that includes a pair of Grade III stakes: Saturday’s $150,000-added Louisville Handicap for 3-year-olds and up at 1 ½ miles on turf and the $100,000-added Winning Colors Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs on Monday’s Memorial Day program.
Live racing will begin at 1:15 p.m. daily, except for Friday’s 2:45 p.m. twilight program, highlighted by “Friday Happy Hours” courtesy of Budweiser Select and Fischer’s. There’ll be live music by Tim Krekel & Friends between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the paddock area. Also, Budweiser Select, margaritas and Fischer’s hot dogs will be sold for $2 each.
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