11/12/2010 4:24PM

Churchill Downs: Strike Impact wins sixth race, giving Albarado 900 wins at Churchill

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Strike Impact led from start to finish in race six, giving jockey Robby Albarado his 900th winner at Churchill Downs.

Trained by Pat Dupuy - husband of Courier Journal turf writer Jennie Rees - Strike Impact ($6.80) scored his third victory of the year for owner Chester Miller. In defeating a field of starter allowance runners, he raced 1 1/8 miles on a firm turf course in 1:48.48.

A little earlier on the card, trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan teamed up to win a pair of races back to back in the fourth and fifth.

Simplify got things started for the duo by taking the fourth, a money allowance, winning by four lengths over favored Ivory Empress and covering six furlongs in 1:10.01.

A race later, Santana Springs dominated a field of nickel claimers in the fifth, covering the same distance in 1:10.52 - a fast time for a low-end runner.

Don't be surprised to see the latter turn into a dominant starter allowance runner for Asmussen, who does well with such types.

Santana Springs, an 8-year-old, is no stranger to the winner's circle - now having won 7 races. In a race many have now long since forgotten - his biggest win came 5 years ago when he won the Grade 2 Amsterdam at Saratoga.