Mjaka Stables' Junior College, making his stakes debut, set an Ellis Park track record for 6 1/2 furlongs en route to winning the $50,000 Don Bernhardt Saturday.
Junior College, a 4-year-old Ide
gelding trained by Anthony Reinstedler and ridden by Jesus Castanon, stopped the clock in 1:14.56, winning by 3 1/4 lengths over the even-money choice Monkey Hill.
The winner broke alertly but bobbled, then made up ground along the inside to reach even terms approaching the stretch. He drew clear under left-handed urging from Castanon.
He paid $13.60, $4.60, and $4.20 as the third choice in the field of seven.