If you're visiting Churchill Downs, please visit the Churchill Downs Store, open during the spring, September, and fall race meets from gate opening time to 30 minutes after the last race. Located off the Paddock, inside the Gate 17 entrance, the Churchill Downs Store offers a wide array of officially licensed Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs merchandise. To contact the store call (502) 636-4850 or (800) 59-DERBY. To shop online, click here.
The store is operated by the Kentucky Derby Museum, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
Donegal Racing's VOW TO WAGER (Broken Vow) turned in a second consecutive upset victory at Turfway Park in Saturday's $100,000 John Battaglia Memorial S., but needed a little help from the stewards to do so. The judges disqualified first-place finisher Codoy (Bernstein) and placed him second after he drifted out into Vow to Wager turning for home, instead awarding the race to the 23-1 longest shot on the board ridden by John McKee. The final time for 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack was a pokey 1:48 4/5.
Conditioned by Dale Romans, Vow to Wager entered the Battaglia off a 5 1/2-length maiden score on January 31 at 9-1. The dark bay had been unplaced in all three starts as a juvenile, including a maiden claiming loss at Churchill Downs. With this stakes debut win in the Battaglia, a local prep for the Lane's End S. (G2) on March 27, Vow to Wager has now bankrolled $74,024 from a line of 5-2-0-0.
Kera's Kitten (Kitten's Joy), the 6-5 favorite off a score in the W.E.B.N. S., threw in the towel at the top of the stretch and trailed home last in the field of eight.