Silverton Hill, LLC’s St Joe, who spotted the field several lengths after breaking last in a five-furlong turf sprint, rocketed past five rivals in the final eighth of a mile to win Sunday’s featured $43,875 Long Suit Purse at Churchill Downs for 3-year-olds and up by a length over Lord Robyn.
Ridden by Julien Leparoux, St. Joe had only one horse beat at the top of the stretch as he swung seven-wide for clear sailing. At the sixteenth pole, Lord Robyn had opened a daylight advantage only to be rapidly overtaken by St. Joe, who covered the five furlongs on a firm Matt Winn Turf Course in :56.84.
Trained by Darrin Miller, St. Joe returned payoffs of $11.40, $5 and $4.20. Lord Robyn, ridden by Jesus Castanon, returned $4.20 and $2.80 in finishing a half-length in front of No Fault, who paid $5 to show under Robby Albarado in the field of eight.
The victory, the fifth in 17 starts for the 4-year-old Florida-bred son of Trippi, was worth $27,060 and increased St. Joe’s earnings to $162,892.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race card that begins with a 12:45 p.m. EDT post time.