Friday, May 25, 2012
Favored Bouquet Booth Dominant in Thursday Feature
LOUISVILLE, KY (Thursday, May 24, 2012) - Right Time Racing LLC's Bouquet Booth, winner of the Delta Downs Princess (Grade III) as a 2-year-old and fifth in last year's $1 million Kentucky Oaks (GI), showed her class as she sprinted down the Churchill Downs stretch to win the $56,471 Thursday afternoon feature for fillies and mares by a widening six lengths over Rattlin Gypsy.
Bouquet Booth broke well and settled in second behind early pacesetter Sharp Tongue Lady, who led the field through an opening quarter-mile in :22.07. The 4-year-old daughter of Flower Alley, sire of Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (GI) winner I'll Have Another, took over the lead at the three-eighths pole and only increased her advantage from there as her five rivals proved no match for the graded-stakes winning filly.
The victory improved the record of Bouquet Booth to 4-2-2 from 14 lifetime starts and her earnings increased to $515,799 with Thursday's check of $36,360.
Bouquet Booth did not disappoint her supporters as the 8-5 favorite and returned $5.20, $3.40 and $2.80. Rattlin Gypsy, ridden by Calvin Borel, returned $5.60 and $3.20 with Grand Illumination, ridden by Corey Lanerie, finishing another 1 ½ lengths back in third and returning $4.60 to show.
Racing continues Friday with an 11-race twilight program that begins at 2:45 p.m. (all times Eastern) and features a Pick 6 carryover of $2,548. The Pick 6 will begin on Race 6 at 5:22 p.m.
Following the last race at approximately 8 p.m., The Black Lillies will take to the paddock stage for the final edition of the 2012 Spring Meet's Paddock Concert Series. Admission to the concert is free with the $3 general admission to Churchill Downs before 7 p.m. and $10 thereafter.
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