(Miles Ahead wins the Louisville Thoroughbred Society Stakes at Churchill Downs on Saturday / Photos by Holly M. Smith)
From the Churchill Downs Media Team:
Jay Em Ess Stable’s Miles Ahead finished inches in front of pacesetter Isolate and closer Necker Island to prevail in a three-horse photo for the win in Saturday’s second running of the $265,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs.
Miles Ahead ran six furlongs in 1:09.02 under jockey Martin Garcia, who piloted the winner for trainer Paul McGee and owner Samantha Siegel.
Isolate was a tough-luck runner-up as he made all of the running early on. He led the field of eight older horses through fast fractions of :21.34 and :44.15 as Miles Ahead tracked from fourth and relaxed from sixth.
Miles Ahead was urged throughout but was able to sustain his grinding charge. After attempting a bid along the inside, he altered his course to the outside of Isolate as they approached the sixteenth pole and surged in the final yards to prevail in a tight three-way head bob.
“The more I asked of him late the more he found,” Garcia said. “The race set up really well for us and in deep stretch (Isolate) kind of came in front of us but I was able to draw alongside and he dug in to hold him off.”
Miles Ahead won for the 12th time in 25 starts and the $165,315 payday jumped the Kentucky-bred’scareer earnings to $644,503. It was his third career stakes win and first outside of Gulfstream Park. A year ago, he won the Smile Sprint (GIII). In February, he defeated Drain the Clock by a neck to win the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Previously, Miles Ahead finished a hard-luck second in the July 2 Kelly’s Landing at Churchill Downs.
“We gave him a break after the Kelly’s Landing and aimed for this spot all summer,” McGee said. “He was training well coming into this race and fired a big effort off the break.”
Miles Ahead paid $7.46, $3.52 and $2.84 as the 5-2 third betting choice. Isolate, the 8-5 favorite ridden byJoel Rosario, returned $3.20 and $2.52. Necker Island, with Francisco Arrieta in the saddle at 5-2, paid $2.40.
After the three noses, it was another 1 ¾ lengths back to Manny Wah in fourth, who was followed by Top Gunner, Baytown Bear, Robo Man and A C Expressway.
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LOUISVILLE THOROUGHBRED SOCIETY QUOTES
Martin Garcia, (jockey, Miles Ahead, winner) – “The more I asked of him late the more he found. The race set up really well for us and in deep stretch (Isolate) kind of came in front of us but I was able to draw alongside and he dug in to hold him off.”
Paul McGee, (trainer, Miles Ahead, winner) – “We gave him a break after the Kelly’s Landing and aimed for this spot all summer. He was training well coming into this race and fired a big effort off the break.”
Joel Rosario, (jockey, Isolate, runner-up) – “We got some pressure down the backside and that hurt his chances to have enough energy left in deep stretch.”