D'Wildcat Moved Up in Churchill Downs Handicap

D'Wildcat Moved Up in Churchill Downs Handicap
Photo: Mike Corrado
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas and jockey Mike Smith await the stewards' decision after the Churchill Downs Handicap.
D'Wildcat finished second but was put up following an objection in the first stakes on the Kentucky Derby Day card, the Churchill Downs Handicap (gr. II).

Snow Ridge opened a clear lead down the lane, then withstood a large charge, but the stewards agreed with D'Wildcat's jockey, Kent Desormeaux, and reversed the order of the top two finishers. The ruling was based on Mike Smith's whip hitting D'Wildcat.

Snow Ridge broke sharply and was joined down the backstretch by Accelerant, those two running as a tandem until they straightened for home. Snow Ridge appeared home free, but Binthebest and D'Wildcat came running at him. The margins were a neck and a head.

D'Wildcat, by Forest Wildcat, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.37. He is owned by the Fog City Stable of William Bianco and David Shimmon and trained by R.B. Hess Jr.

Early in the race, Alex Solis was thrown from Kings Command. He walked away and appeared fine in regard to his Derby mount on Ocean Sound.

D'Wildcat paid $19.80, $8.80 and $6 and Snow Ridge returned $5 and $3.80. Binthebest was worth $6.60. (Chart, Equibase)

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