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2010 Kentucky Derby Undercard Results

Owner/trainer Tom McCarthy with General Quarters after winning the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic.
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Date: 05/01/2010

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. Similar to last year, rainfall overnight and through the dark soaked the racing surfaces making for a sloppy, sealed main track and a yielding turf course on the First Saturday in May, with temperatures in the mid 70's.

Kentucky Derby results are here.

Kicking off the stakes action on Derby Day is the $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes (G3), featuring a field of 7 three-year-old fillies sprinting 7 1/2 furlongs on the main track. 3-5 favorite Hot Dixie Chick battled for the lead with 6-1 Decelerator down the backstretch through fractions of 23.00 and 45.37. The fast pace set the race up for the closers, as 8-1 Buckleupbuttercup, who was 5th early, came out wide at the 3/8 pole to take the lead, opening up a 2 1/2 length advantage at the 1/8 pole through 3/4 in 1:10.13, then drawing off to win by 6 1/4 lengths over 5-1 Visavis in 1:29.49. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Hot Dixie Chick third.
Results chart from DRF

Her trainer Eddie Kenneally said, "She's a very confident filly who shows up every time. I knew she would like the slop and there was a lot of pace in the race. Julien was patient. She gained some confidence with racing and has become very professional. She's 4-for-4 on dirt, so it looks like she'll stay on dirt. Jockey Julien Leparoux added, "Before the race everybody, looking at paper, you wouldn't pick her. But that's horse racing, you never know. She loved (the sloppy surface)."

A field of 7 older fillies and mares contested the $200,000 Churchill Distaff Turf Mile (G2), a 1 mile trip over the Matt Winn Turf Course. 19-1 longest shot Cure for Sale opened a clear lead of 2 1/2 lengths on the clubhouse turn, setting an uncontested pace of 24.93, 49.67, and 1:14.28 over the yielding going, with 9-2 third choice Diamondrella stalking her in second. Om the turn both of these tired, as 5-1 Hot Cha Cha, who was 4th early, came out three wide to pass and open up a 2 length lead at the 1/8 pole. 6-1 Phola, who was last for the first 3/4 mile, closed down the center of the course to pass the whole field, winning by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:38.35. It was another 1 1/4 length back from Hot Cha Cha to 11-1 Miss Keller third, while 2-1 favorite Tizaqueena was 5th.
Results chart from DRF

Her trainer Todd Pletcher said, "We handled soft ground at Tampa last time out, so we were optimistic that she'd handle it today, though this is softer than she ran on before. She's just a filly who's finding herself and getting good. She's getting better and better with every race. We'll probably run her in the Just A Game on Belmont Day. My father bought her originally for himself for $50,000 after she was third in the Arlington-Washington Lassie. Wayne Patterson contacted him and they bought a majority interest. But he stayed in for a piece.

The $300,000 Humana Distaff (G1) featured a field of 9 older fillies and mares sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. 5-2 second choice Warbling battled for the early lead with 7-1 Dubai Majesty and 15-1 Cassidy's Pride exiting the chute and down the backstretch through fractions of 22.09 and 44.38. Rounding the turn, 11-1 Free Flying Soul moved up to challenge, taking over the front at the 3/16 pole through 3/4 in 1:09.16. 8-1 Mona de Momma, who was 8th early, came out 8 wide into the stretch to gain the lead, and was all-out to hold off late-running 9-1 Pretty Prolific in the final 1/16 to win by 3/4 length in 1:22.73. It was another length back to 2-1 favorite Informed Decision third.
Results chart from DRF

Her trainer John Sadler said, "The filly has got a wonderful broodmare pedigree, loaded with stakes winners. For her to win a Grade 1 means a lot. If she could get Grade 1-placed, it would be huge. We worked her with (Kentucky Oaks runner) Crisp to try and make some good company with Crisp and she hung in there with her. I told him to come wide. This race was tailor-made for Joel (Rosario)."

The $250,000 Churchill Downs Stakes (G2) featured a field of 12 older horses sprinting 7 furlongs on the main track. 10-1 Atta Boy Roy sprinted away to a 2 length lead exiting the chute and down the backstretch through fractions of 22.23 and 44.73 while being chased by 15-1 Wall Street Wonder for the first 1/2 mile. Entering the stretch, Wall Street Wonder was eased, allowing Atta Boy Roy to draw clear by 2 lengths in mid-stretch through 3/4 in 1:09.16. 7-2 second choice Warrior's Reward put in a strong rally late from 11th early, but was left with too much ground to make up as Atta Boy Roy finished 1/2 a length in front in 1:22.54. It was another 2 3/4 lengths back to 5-2 favorite Musket Man third.
Results chart from DRF

His trainer Valorie Lund, celebrating her first graded stakes win, said, "This result might have been a surprise to most people, beating three of the top sprinters in the U.S., but not for me. I have a lot of confidence in my horse, and he's definitely gotten better as a 5-year-old than at 4. He was fighting quarter cracks the only previous time I ran him in the slop, but he worked fast over a bad track here last week. And he loves Calvin (Borel). "

A field of 9 older horses contested the $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) at 1 1/8 miles over the Matt Winn Turf Course. 15-1 Wise River was allowed an uncontested lead of as many as 2 lengths through slow early fractions of 25.13, 50.95, and 1:15.87 over the yielding course, with 14-1 Blues Street and 3-1 Loup Breton stalking him second and third respectively. Entering the stretch, Wise River tired as 3-1 favorite Court Vision and 9-1 General Quarters came on to challenge, hooking up at the 1/8 pole. The pair battled for the final furlong, and in the last 20 yards General Quarters poked his neck in front to get the hard-fought win in 1:53.42. It was just a head back from Court Vision to Loup Breton third.
Results chart from DRF

His owner and trainer Tom McCarthy said, "I'll tell you that the excitement and the thrill is still there. I can't tell you how I feel. My heart is still pounding. I'll tell you what, that was a heck of ride by Rafael. He did just what we said, give him a breather, come on and that's exactly what he did. My whole family is here and that makes it so great. And these fans, these wonderful people who last year bet on him and he didn't do very well and got hurt. I hope this year that they double their bets and collected their money back."

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