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Date: 05/02/2009

Kentucky Derby Day is the biggest card of racing at Churchill Downs. Before the main event, there are five graded stakes contested over the main track and turf course. Heavy rains overnight soaked the racing surfaces, making for a sloppy, sealed track and good turf on the First Saturday in May, with an overcast sky and temperatures in the low 60's.

Kentucky Derby results are here.

Kicking off the stakes action on Derby Day is the $250,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2), a 7 furlong main track sprint for older horses. 9-2 third choice Accredit battled on the front end with 24-1 Hewitts through fractions of 22.94 and 45.59. Entering the stretch, Hewitts tired, allowing Accredit to open up a 2 length lead in midstretch after 6 furlongs in 1:09.78. 4-1 second choice My Pal Charlie put in a late rally from 8th but Accredit easily held him off in the final 1/16 to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:23.24 over the sloppy track. It was another 1 1/4 miles back to 8-1 The Roundhouse third, while 8-5 favorite Kodiak Kowboy finished seventh. xxx
Results chart from DRF

Owner Ken Ramsey leads Accredit into the winner's circle. His trainer Mike Maker said, "It's fabulous to win a race like this on Derby day and I'm sure glad it rained. Every time he runs we have to watch the weather forecast. He's a classy horse and there are plenty of spots for classy sprinters. We'll look at Calder (Summit of Speed) and perhaps Saratoga." Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "He loved the 'off' track. I guess this worked out to be a perfect day for him. Everything went his way. Every time a horse made a run and I asked him for run, he was there for me."

The $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3) featured a field of 8 three-year-old fillies sprinting 7 1/2 furlongs on the main track. 5-1 Lady's Laughter and 9-2 Auspicious hooked up exiting the chute to contest the early pace of 23.34 and 46.16, with 9-5 favorite Just Jenda stalking them in third. At the top of the lane, the pacesetters tired allowing Just Jenda to take over the lead at the 3/16 pole, but 7-2 second choice Four Gifts, who was back in 5th early, encountered traffic trouble but came through to win going away by 3 lengths in 1:30.94. It was another 2 lengths back from Just Jenda to 12-1 Warrior Maid third.
Results chart from DRF

Left: Four Gifts returns after the race. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "I think the distance is the key with her. She's been a very special filly from 7/8 to a mile." Jockey Shaun Bridgmohan added, "I had a phenomenal trip. She settled really nice behind. She did everything I wanted her to do. The speed set up very good. I was able to watch (Just Jenda) and got her on the outside of me. I just got (Four Gifts) in the right spot that I thought she needed to be. The rest was up to her, and she did it. She ran a really nice race for me."

A field of nine older fillies and mares went in the $200,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), a 1 mile trip over the Matt Winn turf course. 29-1 longest shot Rasierra battled for the lead with 9-1 Tizaqueena first time past the stands and around the clubhouse turn through fractions of 24.68 and 49.37 over the good course. Entering the stretch, Rasierra tired badly to finish last, allowing Tizaqueena to take over the lead at the 1/4 pole through 3/4 in 1:14.72. 6-1 Dawn After Dawn closed well to challenge in mid stretch but Tizaqueena dismissed her in the final furlong to win by 3/4 length in 1:38.86. It was another 1/2 length back to 7-2 Lemon Chiffon third, while 3-2 favorite Visit was fifth.
Results chart from DRF

Tizaqueena in the winner's circle. Her trainer Michael Stidham said, "She's certainly stepped up a notch on grass. We ran her on the turf for the first time because the dirt race didn't go. Her numbers moved forward when she went to the grass. Today was the step forward she needed to pass, and she passed it. I don't know what her limits are." Jockey Jamie Theriot added, "I just let my horse get comfortable and not get her into a game of tug-of-war. She's good on dirt, but I think she's better on grass."

The $300,000 Humana Distaff (G1) featured a field of nine older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. 12-1 Dubai Majesty was loose on the lead early through quick fractions of 22.38, 44.86, and 1:09.34 while as many as 4 lengths clear of the field. However, she tired through the final furlong as 3-1 Informed Decision closed from fourth to win by 3/4 length over 33-1 longest shot Temple Street in 1:23.69. It was just 1/2 a length back to pacesetter Dubai Majesty and late-running 27-1 Modification who dead-heated for the show spot. 2-1 favorite Game Face failed to fire and was sixth.
Results chart from DRF

Informed Decision in the winner's circle. Her trainer Jonathan Sheppard said, "She must be a pretty nice filly. To win on a different surface than she's used to, and with a little bit of a rough trip. She's pretty game." Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "At the 1/4 pole, I said there's no way (Dubai Majesty) was going to come back. But at the 1/8 pole, she really kicked in for me."

The $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) features some of the best older turf horses in the country going 1 1/8 miles. 16-1 Thorn Song set the early pace of 23.87, 48.40, and 1:12.34 while as many as 2 lengths in front of 8-1 Cowboy Cal stalking him in second. Entering the stretch, Thorn Song faded to eventually finish fifth, allowing Cowboy Cal to inherit the lead at the 3/16 pole, getting the mile in 1:37.15. 9-5 favorite and defending champion Einstein, who raced in midpack fifth for the first 5 furlongs, came out six wide for the drive and closed with a rush to nail Cowboy Cal at the line by a head in 1:49.62. It was a long 3 3/4 lengths back to 4-1 Court Vision third.
Results chart from DRF

Einstein, who also won this race last year, in the winner's circle. His trainer Helen Pitts said, "I'm not going to say he's the best horse in the country. I'll let you know on Nov. 6. The Breeders' Cup (Classic) is a possibility. But I'm very proud of him today. He's a special animal." Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "He's a fighter; he always tries, but you can tell he is not as comfortable on (soft) turf as he is on Polytrack or firm turf. We got a good trip and we saved ground. The only time I had to really work was at the 3/8 pole."

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