Saturday, Churchill Downs
CHURCHILL DISTAFF TURF MILE S.-GII
, $223,400, CDX, 5-5, 4yo/up, f/m, 1mT, 1:36 1/5, gd.
1--HUNGRY ISLAND, 118, f, 4, by More Than Ready 1st Dam: Flying Passage, by A.P. Indy
2nd Dam: Chic Shirine, by Mr. Prospector
3rd Dam: Too Chic, by Blushing Groom (Fr)
O/B-Emory A Hamilton (KY); T-Claude R McGaughey III; J-John R Velazquez; $135,738. Lifetime Record: 12-5-2-4, $390,770. *1/2 to Soaring Empire (Empire Maker), SW & GSP, $381,393. Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.
, 120, m, 5, Tapit
--Flying Marlin, by Marlin. O-Frank L Jones, Jr; B-Frank Jones (KY); T-Dale L Romans; $43,786.
3--La Reine Lionne
, 118, m, 5, Leroidesanimaux (Brz)
-- Unbridled Lover, by Unbridled. ($40,000 yrl '08 KEESEP). O-Hidden Brook Farm & Paul Pompa Jr; B-Liberation Farm & Stonewall Farm (KY); T-Chad C Brown; $21,893.
Margins: 1, 1HF, 1HF. Odds: 5.90, 5.20, 6.80.
Also Ran: Marketing Mix, Daisy Devine, Heavenly Landing, City to City.
Scratches: Aruna, Annabel Lee, Hooh Why. Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs, the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree or the video, sponsored by Taylor Made Sales.
Hungry Island overhauled Tapitsfly in deep stretch to collect her second graded tally. The winner of last year's GII Lake Placid S. closed out her season with a late-running third to Marketing Mix (Medaglia d'Oro) in the GII Mrs. Revere S. here at Churchill Nov. 12, and was entering this off another third--to the same foe, and with Inglorious (Hennessy) in second--in a one-mile Keeneland grass allowance Apr. 11. The bay filly settled off the pace as Daisy Devine (Kafwain) set the pace with favored Marketing Mix in close attendance through fractions of :24.78 and :48.68 and 1:12.80. Tapitsfly inherited the lead in upper stretch, but Hungry Island found her best gear late to win going away. Hungry Island was ridden by Johnny Velazquez, who was aboard for the first time at Keeneland. Trainer Shug McGaughey said it's an improving partnership. "There was some stuff going on in the [last] race and he...probably moved just a little soon on her. I think knowing her today he just waited, and once he asked her it was over with. She's got a little short kick and the race at Keeneland set her up for this one." McGaughey said the one-mile GI Just a Game S. on Belmont Day June 9 was a logical target.