Lynn Whiting, who saddled Lil E Tee to victory in the 1992 Kentucky Derby, on Friday became the 10th trainer to win 300 races at Churchill Downs when Action Seeker rallied to win the eighth race.
Whiting, a native of Great Falls, Mont., has won 13 stakes at Churchill Downs in a training career that began in 1969. Whiting joins Tom Amoss as the second trainer this meet to reach the 300-win milestone at the track.
Ridden by Jamie Theriot, Action Seeker ($9.40) overhauled Duke of Pearl by a head to give Whiting his milestone victory.
In Friday’s featured $47,745 Pumpkin Purse for 3-year-olds and up, Custom for Carlos swept past Western Prospector at the head of the stretch and drew off for a six-length victory under Julien Leparoux.
Owned by Homewrecker Racing and Avalon Farms, and trained by Eddie Kenneally, Custom for Carlos covered the six furlongs on a fast main track in 1:09.37.
The victory for the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred son of More Than Ready was worth $30,580 and increased Custom for Carlos’ earnings to $76,090 with his second win in five starts.
The favorite in the field of six, Custom for Carlos returned $3.80, $2.60 and $2.10. Western Prospector, ridden by Calvin Borel, returned $3.60 and $2.40. Posse Cat, who finished another three-quarters of a length back in third under Jon Court, paid $2.20 to show.
Racing resumes Saturday with an 11-race card that features two stakes races: the 35th running of the $100,000-added Dogwood (Grade III) for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the main track and the 21st running of the $100,000-added Aristides (Grade III) for sprinters going six furlongs on the main track.
First post time is 12:45 p.m. EDT.