Ten of McGee’s 300 Churchill Downs wins came in stakes events, including the 1988 Clark Handicap (GIII) with Balthazar B. and the 2003 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (GI) with Honor in War. Overall, the 49-year-old Louisville native has saddled 925 winners. His first career win came at Churchill Downs nearly 25 years ago on June 23, 1987.
In the featured eighth race, Mandurah took an early lead under Brian Hernandez Jr. and held a length advantage when the field of nine crossed the wire the first time. An 8-year-old gelded son of A.P. Indy, Mandurah set fractions of :23.99, :47.62 and 1:11.82. He opened up a two-length lead entering the home stretch and dug in gamely to hold off a late rally from Versailles Road to finish a neck in front.
Mandurah covered the 1 1/8 miles on the “good” Matt Winn Turf Course and returned $21.40, $11 and $7.80. Versailles Road, ridden by Leandro Goncalves, finished second and returned $4.40 and $3.60 with Pleasant Run, under the Spring Meet’s leading rider Corey Lanerie, finishing another three-quarters of a length back in third and returning $5.20 to show.
Trained by Grant Forster, Mandurah picked up $37,500 for the win and increased his bankroll to $164,357. His career record now stands at 7-2-0 from 25 starts.
Racing resumes Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m. (ET).