Texas Toyco, LLC’s Victory Notion collared Holy Anthem in deep stretch to win Saturday’s featured $49,995 Le Cou Cou Purse for 3-year-olds and up by a head at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Jeff Talley and ridden by Jon Court, Victory Notion trailed the field of eight through much of the 1 1/16-mile allowance test. Court began to pick off horses approaching the far turn with a five-wide move and had clear sailing in the stretch to eventually wear down Holy Anthem.
A 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Victory Gallop, Victory Notion covered the distance on a Matt Winn Turf Course rated as “good” in 1:43.62 in winning for the second time in nine starts. The victory was worth $30,580 and increased Victory Notion’s career earnings to $80,777.
Victory Notion returned mutuels of $17.80, $6.60 and $4.80. Holy Anthem, with Robby Albarado up, paid his backers $4.60 and $3.80 in finishing two lengths ahead of Torini, who paid $10.60 to show with Joe Johnson up.
Racing resumes Sunday with a 10-race Father’s Day program beginning with a 12:45 p.m. EDT post time.