Diane Garland and Sondra Mayne’s Plutonium took the lead at
the top of the stretch, sprinted away to a clear advantage and held off the
late-closing Adulare to win the $64,725 Sunday feature at Churchill
Downs by 1 ½ lengths.
Plutonium, a 4-year-old gelded son of 2001 Kentucky Derby
winner Monarchos, rated in third on the rail under James Lopez
through fractions of :23.63, :47.14 and 1:12 set by Joes Blazing Aaron.
The David Pate-trained Plutonium moved for the leaders at the
three-eighths pole, seized the lead entering the long Churchill Downs stretch
and held off a group of quickly-closing rivals to cover the 1 1/16 miles on the
main track in 1:44.83. The race was originally scheduled to be run on the Matt
Winn Turf Course, but was moved to the main track after Sunday morning showers
in Louisville caused all races to be taken off the turf.
Plutonium returned $25.80, $9.80 and $4.80. Wind Rivers
Stables’ Adulare was second and returned $12.40 and $5.40 with James B.
Tafel LLC’s Sporty another half-length back in third returning
The victory was worth $39,120 and increased Plutonium’s
bankroll to $119,880 with a record of 5-3-0 from 16 career starts.
Earlier on the card, jockey Julien Leparoux won three
races to tie Corey Lanerie for leading jockey honors at 37 wins with
nine racing dates left at the Spring Meet. Leparoux, a seven-time leading rider
at Churchill Downs, has won with 16 of his last 32 mounts. Lanerie is seeking
his first local title.