Moak’s Southern Anthem surged
past dueling leaders Forest Attack and No Inflation at the eighth
pole and then held off a late bid from Caberneigh to win the $57,130
feature for three-year-olds and up by 1 ½ lengths on Father’s Day at Churchill
by Corey Lanerie for trainer Jeff Thornbury, Southern Anthem
raced eighth in the early going while received a ground-saving trip from
Lanerie. Southern Anthem swung out three wide at the head of the stretch,
blowing the past the leaders and covering the 1 1/8 miles on a firm Matt Winn
Turf Course in 1:50.12.
victory, the fourth in 18 starts, was worth $35,400 and increased Southern
Anthem’s earnings to $139,422. Southern Anthem is 4-year-old Kentucky-bred son
of Royal Anthem.
Anthem returned $34.60, $13.60 and $5.60. Caberneigh, ridden by Freddie
Lenclud, paid $15.20 and $8 and finished a half-length in front of Forest
Attack, ridden by Robby Albarado, who returned $4.80 to show.
resumes Thursday when the final two weeks of the meet kick off with a nine-race
program beginning at 12:45 p.m. (EDT). There will be a five-day Pick 6
carryover of $50,084 on races four through nine with post time for the fourth
scheduled for 2:21 p.m.