Bango Ties Record For Wins At Churchill Downs

Bango (inside) | Coady Photography

Bango (Congrats) tied the record set by Ready's Rocket (More Than Ready) in 2012 for wins at storied Churchill Downs on Saturday when he won the Louisville Thoroughbred Society S.

Last seen having his picture taken July 1 at Ellis Park in the Kelly's Landing S. July 1, the experienced even-money favorite here stayed close to Strobe (Into Mischief) up the backstretch, but entering the lane he seized the lead. Despite a strong late performance by Gulfstream Way (Gemologist), Bango finished the job to notch his eleventh victory under the Twin Spires.

Out of an extended female family which includes GII Louisiana Derby hero Revolutionary (War Pass), the winner has an unraced 2-year-old full-brother named Evan On Earth (Congrats) and a yearling half-brother by Flatter. His dam visited Jack Christopher for 2024.

LOUISVILLE THOROUGHBRED SOCIETY S., $300,000, Churchill Downs, 9-16, 3yo/up, 6f, 1:09.02, ft.
1–BANGO, 123, h, 6, Congrats–Josaka, by Smart Strike. O/B-Tamaroak Stable (KY); T-Gregory D. Foley; J-Tyler Gaffalione. $183,450. Lifetime Record: 33-14-4-2, $1,459,261. *1/2 to Eton Ridge (Stephen Got Even), SW-PR, $274,962.
2–Gulfstream Way, 121, g, 5, Gemologist–Clever Cookie, by Smart Strike. 1ST BLACK TYPE. O-Kueber Racing, LLC; B-Timber Bay Farm (KY); T-Norm W. Casse. $59,500.
3–Necker Island, 123, h, 6, Hard Spun–Jenny's Rocket, by Mr. Greeley. ($250,000 Ylg '18 KEESEP). O-The Scherr Boys; B-Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings LLC (KY); T-Chris A. Hartman. $29,750.
Margins: HD, 3 3/4, 2 1/4. Odds: 1.16, 5.30, 11.14.
Also Ran: Awesome Aaron, Baytown Bear, Strobe.
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