Monday, April 27, 2009
WISE RIVER TAKES CHURCHILL DOWNS TURF FEATURE
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (April 26, 2009) – Don Benge’s Wise River survived an early pace duel with Dubious Miss and then fended off a challenge from favored Inca King to win Sunday’s $56,640 allowance feature at Churchill Downs by 3 ¼ lengths.
In giving jockey Jamie Theriot his fourth victory of the afternoon, Wise River covered the 1 1/16 miles on a “firm” Matt Winn Turf Course in a course-record time of 1:39.83. The previous record was 1:40.70 set by Quite a Bride on June 6, 2007.
Wise River returned mutuels of $15.20, $6.80 and $4. Crested, who rallied for second under Jesus Castanon, returned $7.80 and $4.20. Inca King, who finished a nose back in third under Shaun Bridgmohan, returned $3 to show.
Trained by Clark Hanna, Wise River is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Belong to Me out of the Copelan mare Future Guest. The victory was worth $35,820 and increased his career earnings to $373,124 with his sixth win in 28 career starts.
Read more articles in the Churchill Downs category.