06/02/2012 8:28PM

Churchill Downs: Rothko delivers as favorite in Aristides


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Satish Sanan and Steve Asmussen once held high hopes for an ultra-fast horse named Majesticperfection before the gelding had his career ended by injury. The owner-trainer team now has another potential top sprinter in Rothko, who ran six others off their feet in a 2 1/2-length triumph Saturday night in the 24th running of the Grade 3, $109,400 Aristides Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Rothko, with Corey Nakatani aboard, swept past the early leaders en route to his fourth victory from eight career starts in the six-furlong Aristides. The 4-year-old Rothko  returned $4.20 after finishing in 1:09.40 over a fast track. Will’s Wildcat was second, another 2 1/4 lengths before Whiskey Rebellion in third.

“I’m really happy for this horse,” said Asmussen, who was on hand with one of his three sons. “I’m glad to see him get this win. We’ve talked about maybe following up with the Iowa Sprint and the Vanderbilt like we did with Majesticperfection, so we’ll see.”