Mark Stanley’s Trusty Temper made a successful return to the races Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, scoring a wire-to-wire, four-length victory in the featured 505 Dayton Girls Dash for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up.
In giving trainer Ronny Werner his second victory of the day and jockey Jamie Theriot his third triumph, Trusty Temper covered the five furlongs on a “fast” track in :57.73. The race originally was scheduled for the Matt Winn Turf Course.
The 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Successful Appeal out of the Kingmambo mare Mumbo Jumbo had not run since finishing third in the NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park on Sept. 27.
Trusty Temper paid $10.20, $5.40 and $4. Kiawah’s Magic, who rallied to finish second under Calvin Borel, returned $4.20 and $3 and Simply Seattle finished third under Gavin Faulkner and paid $3.80 to show. Yogi’ssplashofgold, the 4-5 favorite in the field of seven, finished fourth.
The victory, the second in five starts, was worth $32,105 from a purse of $51,785 and increased Trusty Temper’s earnings to $67,250.
Live racing at Churchill Downs resumes Sunday with a 10-race Mother’s Day program that is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. ET.