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Jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. celebrates aboard Silver Prospector as owner Ed Orr leads them to the winner's circle after the Kentucky Jockey Club (G2).
The final Saturday of racing at Churchill Downs for 2019 is "Stars of Tomorrow II" day with an all-juveniles card of 12 races. Rail fell all day downgrading the main track to sloppy (sealed), with cloudy skies and temperatures in the 50's during the afternoon. The feature race was the $300,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes (G2) for 2-year-old going 1 1/16 miles on the main track, and a points scoring event on the Road to the Kentucky Derby series. Tiz the Law was sent off as the 3-5 favorite in the field of 8, undefeated in 2 starts including the Champagne (G1) last out. In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice South Bend, undefeated in 3 starts including the Street Sense, and 8-1 third choice Silver Prospector, 3rd in the Street Sense.
Down the stretch with Silver Prospector rallying.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Silver Prospector Santana Jr. 17.80 8.80 4.00 6 Finnick the Fierce Leon 41.40 10.60 3 Tiz the Law Franco 2.10 Winning Time: 1:45.94 $2 Exacta 5-6 737.60 $1 Trifecta 5-6-3 418.10 $1 Superfecta 5-6-3-1 6,455.40
Silver Prospector in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "It's very special to have horses compete at the highest level on days like today. This horse has learned how to relax and was able to do that very well today."
Right: Silver Prospector heads back to the barn. Winning jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. said, "It's so special winning races for Steve. I love both of these horses so much and to win both of these races was very special today. He was able to relax behind horses today and was really comfortable the entire trip. He showed a lot of strength being able to kick that hard in the stretch."
Left: Second place finisher Finnick the Fierce in the post parade. Jockey Sonny Leon said, "He ran such a good race. He ran amazing."
Right: Third place finisher and beaten favorite Tiz the Law after the race. Owner Jack Knowlton said, "Well, it's disappointing it's not our day today. We sent him down here to get a run over the track and we got into some trouble in the race. Hopefully we can move forward out of this and we'll figure out a plan for what can be next."
The horses break from the gate for the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. Jockey Manny Franco aboard Tiz the Law (post 3) said, "He handled the mud okay but I never was able to get him out of that spot on the rail. He felt good the entire way but he got a little too far behind horses and we never got through."
Run an hour earlier, the distaff counterpart to the Kentucky Jockey Club is the $300,000 Golden Rod Stakes (G2) for 2-year-old fillies also going 1 1/16 miles on the sloppy main track, scoring points for the Road to the Kentucky Oaks. Rags to Riches Stakes winner Finite was sent off as the 4-5 favorite in the field of 8. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Bean, 2nd in the Presque Isle Downs Debutante before losing her rider in an allowance last out, and 13-2 third choice His Glory, an allowance winner after finishing second in the Pocahontas (G2).
Jockey Florent Geroux sent Bean to the lead first time by through fractions of 23.93 and 48.53 while pressed by 25-1 Lady Glamour and stalked by Finite. On the far turn Bean tired allowing Lady Glamour to inherit the lead through 3/4 in 1:14.20. Finite, who sat third under Ricardo Santana Jr., came out 3 wide to sweep to the front through 1 mile in 1:39.42. 13-1 Motu rallied from 6th early but Finite easily held her off by 3/4 length in 1:45.99. It was a long 6 1/2 lengths back to Lady Glamour third.
Full results chart from DRF
Left: Finite in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Steve Asmussen said, "It was pretty cool that before the Golden Rod the replay of Untapable's Kentucky Oaks win was playing on the Big Board. Hopefully, that is a sign of things to come."
Right: Finite heads back to the barn after the race. Winning jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. said, "She's a super nice filly. The credit goes to Steve and his team because they have been working hard with this filly to get her to relax in the morning. She settled very nicely behind horses and was not going to let anyone get by her today."
Left: Second place finisher Motu in the post parade. Jockey Brian Hernandez Jr. said, "She ran a great effort and really tried her best in the stretch. We just got a little unlucky to get beat by a very nice filly." Trainer Ken McPeek added, "We've been pretty unlucky this meet. She's a nice filly and ran a very nice effort."
Right: Third place finisher Lady Glamour walks over before the race. The Larry Demeritte trainee improved her record to 2 wins, 1 second, and 2 thirds in 6 starts, earning $115,782 for owner Inga Demeritte.
The field breaks from the gate for the Golden Rod Stakes.