LEXINGTON, KY (April 16, 2014) – His Race to Win and Valentino Beauty captured Wednesday’s divided feature allowance test for 4-year-olds and up before a crowd of 8,592.
In the Upson Downs Purse, Sam-Son Farm’s homebred His Race to Win got through on the inside in deep stretch to edge favored Kalamos by a half-length, completing the 1 1/16 miles on a firm turf course in 1:43.07.
Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan for trainer Malcolm Pierce, the 4-year-old His Race to Win returned $21, $8.80 and $5.40 in his first start since November. Kalamos returned $3.20 and $2.60 with Live in Joy paying $4 to show.
In the Crestwood Purse, Bruce Lunsford’s homebred Valentino Beauty led all the way to hold off favored Grand Arch by 1¼ lengths, completing the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.27 over a turf course labeled firm.
Trained by Tom Drury and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., the 5-year-old Valentino Beauty returned $19, $8.20 and $5.40 in his first start in 7½ months. Grand Arch returned $3.80 and $2.60 with Olympic Thunder (BRZ) finishing third and returning $7.40.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program beginning at 1:05 p.m. ET. Thursday’s feature is the 26th running of the $100,000 Appalachian (G3) Presented by Japan Racing Association for 3-year-old fillies going a mile on the turf. The Appalachian is the eighth race with a 4:42 p.m. post time.