Desk Farms LLC’s Helen Belen edged past Speedacious in the
final yards to score an upset victory in the $49,374 Friday afternoon feature
for fillies and mares on the main track at Churchill Downs by a half-length.
Trained by William Denzik Jr.
and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Helen Belen covered the six furlongs
Helen Belen broke well and then
settled in third behind Speedacious and Won Great Damsel through
fractions of :22.08 and :45.72. The 4-year-old daughter of Five Star Day moved
for the lead at the top of the stretch, drew even with Speedacious at the
sixteenth-pole and finally drew clear of her rival in the final jumps.
Breaking from the gate at odds of
15-1, Helen Belen returned mutuels of $32.80, $12.60 and $6. Carl R. Moore
Management LLC’s Speedacious finished second to return $4.80 and $3.80 with
Michael Thompson’s Irish Witch another 5 ¾ lengths back in third
The victory was worth $31,200 and
increased Helen Belen’s bankroll to $149,440 with a record of 5-2-4 from 18
lifetime starts. Her career is highlighted by a 14 ¾-length victory in the
Valdale Stakes at Turfway Park in February 2010.
Racing continues Saturday with a
10-race program highlighted by the 21st running of the $175,000-added Mrs. Revere (Grade II) for
3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the Matt Winn Turf Course. First post is
12:40 p.m. EST with the Mrs. Revere scheduled as the ninth race at 4:37 p.m.
The program also features a two-day Pick 6 carryover of $4,871 on Races 5-10
and a three-day Super Hi-5 carryover of $29,822 in the finale.