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(gr. II , 7f , to Accredit, defeating The Roundhouse, Silver Edition, Sok Sok, Hewitts, Kodiak Kowboy, Spotsgone, Ide Like a Double ).
It couldnÕt have been easy for Ken and Sarah Ramsey when General Quarters, a horse they lost in the claiming ranks, ran in the May 2 Kentucky Derby Presented by Yum! Brands (gr. I), but they still were able to enjoy the day when Accredit, a colt they recently claimed, won the Churchill Downs Stakes (gr. II) on the Derby undercard.
ÒYou canÕt beat winning a stakes on Derby day in front of the crowd,Ó said Ken Ramsey. ÒThe shoeÕs on the other foot: I lost the (potential) Derby winner and picked up one who won a stakes race on Derby day.Ó
Although General Quarters finished 10th in the Derby, Accredit had no issues with the sloppy track and defeated My Pal Charlie by 13Ú4 lengths in the seven-furlong Churchill Downs. He took the lead early and never looked back, finishing in a time of 1:23.24. The Roundhouse closed for third while race favorite Kodiak Kowboy could do no better than seventh.
ÒItÕs fabulous to win a race like this on Derby day, and we were sure glad it rained,Ó said trainer Mike Maker. ÒThis horse was four-for-four on off tracks, and now heÕs five-for-five. Every time he runs, we have to watch the weather forecast. HeÕs a classy horse.Ó
Maker claimed the 4-year-old E Dubai colt in March at Aqueduct for $75,000 on behalf of the Ramseys from South Elkhorn Stable, which had leased the colt from Darley Stable for that race. In his first start for his new connections, Accredit finished third by a length in the April 10 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III).
ÒWe liked the fact that the Rag sheet numbers showed he was a real fast horse, and I figured nobody else would go after him for $75,000,Ó said Ramsey of the claim.
Darley bought Accredit for $160,000 at the 2006 Keeneland yearling sale, and he made his first 13 starts for that operation. David Humphrey bred the dark bay or brown colt in Florida out of the winning Montbrook mare Pocketbrook.
Accredit is the first foal out of Pocketbrook. Her juvenile Greatness colt, Grand Times, finished second in his first career start, which came at Keeneland April 16 and then broke his maiden by four lengths at Calder Race Course the same day Accredit won the Churchill. He is owned and trained by Wesley Ward.
Pocketbrook has a yearling full brother to Accredit and delivered a filly by Consolidator April 2.
E Dubai is the sire of 12 stakes winners including additional 2009 added-money winners Mr. Fantasy (gr. III), Desert Code (gr. IIIT), and What a Pear. The 11-year-old son of Mr. Prospector stands at Darley near Lexington for $15,000.ÑA.H.D.
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