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Jockey James Graham aboard Chief Cicatriz after winning the Aristides.
The $100,000 Aristides Stakes (G3) featured a field of 7 older horses sprinting 6 furlongs over the main track at Churchill Downs. Conditions were excellent on Saturday night with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the low 80's. Chief Cicatriz was sent off as the 2-1 favorite off his 5th place finish in the Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) after winning the Phoenix Gold Cup. In to challenge him included 11-4 second choice Awesome Saturday, 3rd in the Commonwealth (G3) at Keeneland, and 3-1 third choice Mr. Crow, an allowance winner last out.
Down the stretch with Chief Cicatriz far out front.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Chief Cicatriz Graham 6.60 4.00 3.00 5 Mr. Crow Lanerie 3.80 2.80 3 Wilbo Cabrera 2.80 Winning Time: 1:08.44 $2 Exacta 7-5 26.20 $0.50 Trifecta 7-5-3 18.30 $1 Superfecta 7-5-3-6 76.20
Chief Cicatriz in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Shawn Davis said, "This horse got into trouble when he ran on Derby Day. He had some excuses in some of his other races too. Tonight we knew we would see what he's all about. He was coming into the race in great shape and we saw the real Chief Cicatriz."
Right: Chief Cicatriz heads back to the barn.
Chief Cicatriz walks over from the barns before the race.
Right: Chief Cicatriz in the post parade. Winning jockey James Graham said, "We were perfectly drawn on the outside. We let the speed go in front of him and he settled and got in a nice rhythm. When we turned for home he just poured in on. He was very impressive tonight."
Left: Second place finisher Mr. Crow walks over from the barns before the race. Jockey Corey Lanerie said, "He was setting good back there. They were rolling up front and I was liking my chances coming to the 1/4 pole, but (Chief Cicatriz) just didn't stop. I was just second-best tonight. The winner ran great."
Right: Third place finisher Wilbo in the post parade. Trainer Chris Hartman said, "He had a good, clean trip. Looks like he just got outrun."
The last race of the night was the $75,000 Mighty Beau Overnight Stakes for older horses sprinting 5 furlongs on the turf. 13-2 Fort Fortitude set the pace of 23.10 and 45.85 while pressed by 7-1 Kid Perfect and stalked by 11-2 Sonic Boom. Turning for home, jockey Florent Geroux, last early aboard 8-5 favorite Long On Value, came out wide to circle the field, rallying to win going away by 1 3/4 lengths ove Kid Perfect in 57.31 over the firm going. It was a nose back to Fort Fortitude third.
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Long On Value in the winner's circle. Winning jockey Florent Geroux said, "He broke a little slow but once he got settled, he got into a great rhythm. He closed really fast. I think this horse could have a really solid campaign the rest of the year." The win pushed Long on Value's career earnings over the million mark, to $1,022,073, with 8 wins, 5 seconds, and 5 thirds in 31 starts.
Right: Long On Value heads back to the barn. Winning trainer Brad Cox said, "This horse was doing really good coming into the race. He showed today he's a legitimate graded stakes-type horse. Florent had a perfect trip and he closed really strong down the lane. We'll look at the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (G1) as the ultimate goal for him in the fall."
Left: Second place finisher Kid Perfect walks over from the barns before the race. Juan Montano, assistant to trainer Angel Montano Sr. said, “We need to get this horse a little bit better in the gate. He broke a step slow and in these turf sprints that can ultimately cost you. He ran well but that slow break probably cost him tonight. We’re proud of his effort.”
Right: Third place finisher Fort Fortitude in the post parade. The Chris Hartman trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 1 second, and 1 third in 6 starts, earning $126,680 for owner Black Hawk Stable (James Rogers).
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