05/25/2013 4:05PM

Churchill Downs notes: Claim error works out just fine for Pincins


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bob Pincins still had his halter in hand. Pincins had just submitted a $50,000 claim, to no avail, for the 6-5 favorite in the fifth race Friday at Churchill Downs, a 4-year-old gelding named Fire Alarm.

Pincins referred to his program and copied “May 22” onto his claim slip. One problem: Churchill had printed the wrong date down the side of the program. Friday was May 24.

“I just put May 22 on there assuming it was right,” said Pincins. “The stewards voided my claim.”

“It’s pretty straightforward that a wrong date voids a claim,” said Barbara Borden, acting chief steward. “We were actually aware of the misprint and had posted a sign on the claim box alerting people to it. I guess that went unnoticed in this particular case.”

All of which, in the end, was good for Pincins. Fire Alarm, making his first start in nearly five months, put in a dull effort finishing sixth of seven in the 1 1/16-mile race for owner Maggi Moss and trainer Tom Amoss.

“I guess it worked out for the best,” said Pincins.

Mr. Bowling snaps streak

Mr. Bowling earned a career-high 91 Beyer Speed Figure in posting his first victory since the 2012 Lecomte Stakes when he went wire to wire in the $56,430 allowance feature here Friday evening under Alan Garcia.

Bred and owned by Brereton C. Jones and trained by Larry Jones, Mr. Bowling ($16.40) snapped a five-race losing streak with the one-length victory in the 1 1/16-mile race. The 4-year-old colt’s last win came in the Lecomte at Fair Grounds in January 2012.

** Trainer Ron Moquett is trying to decide whether to run Gentlemen’s Bet next Saturday, June 1, in the $100,000 Aristides at six furlongs. Gentlemen’s Bet earned a career-high 107 Beyer in a May 17 allowance romp.

“It is back a bit quick, so we’ll play it by ear,” said Moquett. “If we don’t run in the Aristides, we’ll just kind of chill here the rest of the meet.”