Derby undercard provides quality racing

May 3, 2003 at 7:38 PM
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LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 3 (UPI) -- The Kentucky Derby headlined a day of quality racing at Churchill Downs Saturday with trainer Bobby Frankel leading the way.

-- Honor In War, a longshot who had never won a major stakes event, upset the $400,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic with a classic stretch run under jockey David Flores. The 4-year-old son of Lord at War, trained by local conditioner Paul McGee, romped past a good field of grass runners in a final time of 1:46.67. Requete, trained by Frankel, was second and Patrol, the early leader, finished third. With Anticipation, making his first start since finishing second in last year's Breeders' Cup Turf at Arlington Park, finished fifth Saturday.

-- Aldebaran, from Frankel's powerful stable, was sent off as the heavy favorite in the $200,000 Churchill Downs Handicap and justified the confidence. After racing well back early, the 5-year-old Mr. Prospector horse rallied on the outside to win going away by 2 ½ lengths over Pass Rush. Cappuchino was third. Aldebaran ran 7 furlongs in 1:21.80.

-- In the $100,000 Three Chimneys Juvenile, the first 2-year-old stakes event of the Kentucky racing year, Limehouse found running room on the rail and went through to win by 1 ¼ length over pace-setting longshot El Sysco Kid. East Bay was third and the favorite, Heckle, was a dull fourth. Limehouse, a Florida-bred son of Grand Slam, ran the 5 furlongs in 57.47 seconds, just a tick off the track record.

-- Heat Haze rallied from last at the start to win the $100,000 Citgo Distaff Turf Mile by 1 ½ lengths over Quick Tip. Sentimental Value was third. Heat Haze, with Jose Valdiva Jr. up, ran 1 mile over firm turf in 1:33.96. She is a British-bred, 4-year-old daughter of Green Desert. Frankel continued his tour de force weekend by saddling Heat Haze.

-- One race later, Frankel continued his dominance of Derby week by saddling Sightseek to an easy, 4 ½-length win in the $200,000 Humana Distaff. The 4-year-old daughter of Distant View rallied from mid-pack under Jerry Bailey, split horses in mid-stretch and was clearly the best. Gold Mover edged Miss Lodi for second. The 7 furlongs went in 1:22.12.

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