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Argentine Talisman Grinds Out Win

Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Argentine Talisman wore down early pacesetter Versailles Road in the stretch to win the $49,251 Thursday afternoon feature for 3-year-olds and up on the Matt Winn Turf Course at Churchill Downs by three quarters of a length.


Trained by Mike Maker and ridden by Edgar Prado, the 3-year-old gelded son of Dehere covered the 1 1/8 miles over the firm turf course in 1:48.17.


Argentine Talisman, who drew into the field off the also-eligible list following the scratch of Callingahardten, rated four lengths off Versailles Road through fractions of :24.12, :47.26 and 1:11.38 and then was set down for the drive by Prado at the top of the stretch. Argentine Talisman drew even with Versailles Road at the eighth-pole, overtook the lead just inside the sixteenth-pole and then slowly increased his advantage to the wire.


Breaking from the gate at odds of 18-1, Argentine Talisman returned mutuels of $38.40, $13.80 and $8.80. PEG LLC’s Versailles Road finished second to return $6.20 and $4 with Alastar Thoroughbred Company LLC’s Tahoe Lake-BRZ another 1 ½ lengths back in third returning $3.40.


The victory was worth $30,000 and increased Argentine Talisman’s bankroll to $158,464 with a record of 5-1-4 from 15 career starts. 


Racing continues Friday with a 10-race program highlighted by a Pick 6 carryover of $2,159 and a two-day Super Hi-5 carryover of $12,100. The Pick 6 will begin with Race 5 at 2:34 p.m. EST and the Super Hi-5 will be contested on Race 10, which is scheduled for 5:03 p.m. Post time for the first race Friday is 12:40 p.m.






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