Irish Witch, the longest shot in the field of seven fillies and mares, swept dueling leaders Tantamount and Hidden Value in deep stretch to win Thursday’s $52,080 Pro4mance Fire & Water Restoration Cup at Churchill Downs.
Ridden by apprentice Oriana Rossi, Irish Witch ran the seven furlongs on a fast main track in 1:23.60. Irish Witch is a 5-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Bernstein and is owned by Peter Salmen Jr., Peter Kirwan and trainer Michael Thompson.
Fifth at the top of the stretch, Rossi swung Irish Witch to the middle of the track to wear down the leaders in the final 50 yards to win by 1 ½ lengths over Tantamount with Hidden Value another neck back in third.
Irish Witch returned $38.20, $12 and $5.80. Tantamount, ridden by Alex Solis, returned $5.20 and $4 with Hidden Value paying $3.60 to show under Freddie Lenclud. The victory was worth $31,500 and increased Irish Witch’s earnings to $107,855 with a record of 15-3-3-1.
The first of four “Downs After Dark” programs during the Spring Meet is on tap for Friday with an 11-race program beginning at 6 p.m. There will be a four-day Pick 6 carryover of $31,901 on races six through 11 with scheduled post time for the sixth race at 8:32 p.m.
Other “Downs After Dark” programs this spring will be June 18, 25 and July 2.