Stronach Stable's Delta Prince, last at the head of the stretch, roared past longshot Clyde's Image in deep stretch to win the 31st running of the $300,000 Maker's 46 Mile (G1) for 4-year-olds and up by 1½ lengths before a Friday afternoon crowd of 14,675 at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.
Earlier on Friday's Thoroughbred racing program, Hronis Racing's Ginger Nut (IRE) ran down Stillwater Cove in deep stretch to win the inaugural running of the $100,000 Limestone Turf Sprint for 3-year-old fillies by 1¼ lengths.
In the Maker's 46 Mile, defending champion Heart to Heart and Great Wide Open (IRE) swapped the lead through fractions of :24.25, :47.79 and 1:11.98 while Delta Prince lagged at the back of the field under Javier Castellano.
At the top of the stretch, Qurbaan made the first run at the leaders, coming three wide, and was soon joined by Clyde's Image to his outside. Those two hooked up at the sixteenth pole, but rallying fastest of all on the far outside was Delta Prince, who drew off at the wire.
Trained by James Jerkens, Delta Prince covered the mile on a turf course rated as good in 1:35.97. It is the second victory in the race for Jerkens, who won in 2005 with Artie Schiller.
The red-hot Castellano, who won his fifth graded stakes (and second Grade 1 race) of the meet, has four wins in the race. The others were aboard Get Stormy (2011), Jack Milton (2015) and American Patriot (2017).
Delta Prince is a 6-year-old Kentucky-bred son of Street Cry (IRE) out of the A.P. Indy mare Delta Princess. He is a half-brother to champion Royal Delta and to Crown Queen, winner of Keeneland's 2014 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Presented by Lane's End (G1). Delta Prince's Maker's 46 Mile victory was worth $180,000 and increased his earnings to $1,173,819 with a record of 13-5-3-4.
Sent off as the favorite, Delta Prince returned $5.40, $3.20 and $2.60. Clyde's Image, ridden by Albin Jimenez, returned $20.60 and $6 with Qurbaan finishing another neck back in third under Irad Ortiz Jr. and paying $3.20 to show.
It was another head back to Raging Bull (FR), who was followed in order by Doctor Mounty, Great Wide Open and Heart to Heart.
Ginger Nut (IRE) Takes Inaugural Limestone Turf Sprint
In the Limestone Turf Sprint, Southern California invader Ginger Nut broke last in the field of 12 as longshot Snow Blossom and favored Play On dueled through fractions of :21.96 and :45.55.
Going into the far turn, jockey Joel Rosario eased Ginger Nut off the rail and at the head of the stretch swung to the far outside for clear running room. Stillwater Cove, who had tracked the leaders in third in the early going, opened a daylight advantage at mid-stretch but could not hold off the winner.
Trained by John Sadler, Ginger Nut covered the 5½ furlongs on a turf course rated as good in 1:03.53. The victory was worth $60,000 and increased Ginger Nut's earnings to $301,088 with a record of 10-4-2-1.
Ginger Nut is an Irish-bred daughter of Sir Prancealot out of the Royal Applause (GB) mare Applauding.
Ginger Nut returned $9.80, $4.80 and $3.20. Stillwater Cove, ridden by John Velazquez, returned $8.40 and $4.80 with stablemate Chelsea Cloisters finishing another 3½ lengths back in third under Tyler Gaffalione and paying $3 to show.
Beechwood Ella (IRE) finished another nose back in fourth and was followed in order by Thriving (GB), Bohemian Bourbon, Play On, Blame the Frog, Raintree Starlet, Weabie, Snow Blossom and Elle's Town.
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