G. Watts Humphrey Jr.'s A Diehl
rallied in-between horses at the top of
the stretch, took the lead prior to the eighth pole and held off a late
rally from Color Me Blue to win the $51,470 Sunday afternoon
closing-day feature at Churchill Downs by 1 ¼ lengths.
Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Freddie Lenclud, A Diehl covered the mile on the sloppy main track in 1:36.72.
A Diehl broke alertly and led the field of five through an
opening quarter mile in :24.12. Shortly after the quarter pole, Lenclud
allowed Modern Cowboy to take the lead and the 4-year-old son of Tiznow
recorded a half mile in :47.71. A Diehl moved for the lead entering the
stretch, gained an advantage a few moments later and was kept to task by
Lenclud until he crossed the wire in front to record his first victory
in 11 tries over the main track beneath the Twin Spires.
Breaking from the gate at odds of 5-1, A Diehl returned mutuels of $13,
$5.80 and $2.80. Russell L. Reineman Stable Inc.'s Color Me Blue
finished second and returned $4.80 and $2.40 with Green Hills Farm
Inc.'s Modern Cowboy another half-length back in third returning $2.60.
The victory was worth $32,400 and increased the 6-year-old
gelded son of Aldebaran's bankroll to $288,206 with a record of 5-6-9
from 29 lifetime starts.
Sunday was the final day of Churchill
Downs' 21-day Fall Meet. Jockey Julien Leparoux
won his fifth
consecutive Fall Meet riding title with 34 victories and ninth overall
beneath the Twin Spires. Corey Lanerie finished second with 27 wins.
Trainers Steve Asmussen
and Mike Maker
shared the training title
with 15 wins apiece. Asmussen won Sunday's eighth race with Eyeseeyou
to tie Maker. For Asmussen, it was his sixth consecutive Churchill Downs
title and 11th local crown. Maker was the track's leading trainer
during the 2008 Fall Meet with a record 31 victories. Both had a chance
to win the title outright in Race 10 but Maker finished second with
Twinspired and Asmussen was fourth with Joes Blazing Aaron.
Ken and Sarah Ramsey sent out 12 winners to claim their record 10th
Fall Meet leading owner title and 18th overall at Churchill Downs.
Billy, Donna and Justin Hays were second with five wins.
Racing returns to Churchill Downs on Saturday, April 28, 2012. The 138th
Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands will be run a week later on
Saturday, May 5.