The Robert B. and Beverly J. Lewis Trust’s Secret File battled with Street
Storm and Heavenly Landing down the stretch before overcoming those
rivals inside the eighth-pole to take the $63,038 Thursday afternoon feature at
Churchill Downs by a widening 1 ¼ lengths.
Secret File was well-held in last in the field of five
through opening fractions of :24.49 and :49.07 set by Lally Stable’s Heavenly
Landing. The 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike began to move at the leaders
at the three-eighths pole, drew even with Street Storm and Heavenly Landing in
the stretch and finally wore down her foes with less than a furlong remaining.
Trained by Charlie Lopresti and ridden by Jon Court, Secret File
covered the 1 1/16 miles over a fast main track at Churchill Downs in 1:45.47.
Breaking from the gate as the 2-1 favorite, Secret File
retuned mutuels of $6.60, $3.80 and $3. Right Time Racing LLC’s Street
Storm, who was eighth in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks in her most recent start,
finished second to return $3.40 and $3.20, with Heavenly Landing in third
The victory, which was worth $39,060, was Secret File’s
second win of the Spring Meet and increased her bankroll to $98,126 with a
record of 3-1-3 from eight lifetime starts.
Racing continues Friday with the return of the Downs After
Dark nighttime racing program. Admission gates will open at 4 p.m. EDT and the
first of 11 live races will begin at 6 p.m.