Grade I winner Pompeii, passed by Gal On The Go in the stretch, came back along the inside in the final strides to win by a neck in Sunday's featured $62,400 allowance race at Churchill Downs.
With Pat Day aboard, the 5-year-old daughter of Broad Brush, paid $3.80, $2.40, and $2.10 as the odds-on favorite in the race for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. She completed the 1 1/16 in 1:43.47 on a fast track.
"She broke well and got herself into the race," said Day. "They all took their shot at her today. They came at us in the backstretch, battled with us in the turn and then came at her in the stretch. It was a good effort, she repulsed all of the challenges."
Gal On The Go took the lead inside the eighth pole before giving way late. She paid $2.40 and $2.10. Miss Pickums finished another 5 1/2-lengths back in third and paid $2.20.
WinStar Farm's Pompeii, trained by Elliott Walden, won $39,120 to increase her lifetime earnings to $671,406. The win was her ninth in 20 lifetime starts. In her 5-year-old debut, Pompeii finished fourth in the Sixty Sails Handicap (gr. III), beaten by 13 1/4 lengths in the 1 1/8-mile race won by With Ability. Last year she finished second in the Go for Wand Handicap (gr. I) at Saratoga before winning the Personal Ensign Handicap (gr. I) in late August at the New York track.
Pompeii was produced from the Private Account mare Flying Heat and is a half-sister of Stymie Handicap (gr. III) winner Ground Storm. . She was bred in Kentucky by Robert N. Clay and Albert G. Clay. (Chart, Equibase