Team Valor International and Gary Barber’s Meistersinger rallied past Scotus and Alstom in the final few jumps to win the $49,470 Sunday afternoon feature at Churchill Downs by a head.
Trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Julien Leparoux, the 3-year-old son of Yes It’s True rated off the pace-setting duo of Scotus and Alstom through fractions of :25.34, :50.00 and 1:14.15 before being set down in the stretch to close on the leaders and prevailed just in time. Meistersinger covered the 1 1/16-miles on a fast main track in 1:44.53 and gave Leparoux his third victory of the afternoon.
Breaking from the gate as the 8-5 favorite in the field of six, Meistersinger returned mutuels of $5.20, $2.80 and $2.60. Peter Callahan’s Scotus finished in second to return $3 and $2.60, with Iron Horse Racing Limited Partnership’s Alstom another half-length back in third returning $4.60.
Meistersinger, a former workmate of the Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner Animal Kingdom, picked up a winner’s check worth $30,600 to boost his career bankroll to $66,435 with a record of 2-0-1 in five races.
Spring Meet racing resumes at Churchill Downs on Thursday with a nine race program that features a three-day Pick-6 carryover of $7,524. Post time for the first race is 12:45 p.m. EDT with the Pick-6 scheduled to begin with the fourth race at 2:21 p.m.