Updated on 09/16/2011 8:18AM

Churchill: Friday stakes roundup


Spain now the richest of all


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Spain put away the early challenges of Forest Secrets and Maltese Superb, then held off the late charge of Mystic Lady to win Saturday's $334,200, Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap and move into the record books as North America's all-time leading female money-earner.

After racing between Forest Secrets and Maltese Superb for six furlongs, Spain took a short lead midway around the turn. Spain, under Jerry Bailey, put away those two, then kept Mystic Lady at bay through the stretch to win by 1 1/4 lengths. It was another 3 3/4 lengths back to De Bertie.

Forest Secrets, the even-money favorite, faded to fifth after contesting the early pace.

Returning to the track where she recorded her greatest triumph - the 2000 Breeders' Cup Distaff - Spain broke an 11-race losing streak. Spain, owned by The Thoroughbred Corp., earned $207,204 for winning the Louisville to push her career earnings to $3,304,244.

Thus, Spain surpassed Serena's Song's total of $3,283,388. Earlier this week, Serena's Song was elected to racing's Hall of Fame.

"These records are always up for grabs. I'm just happy I have both of them," said Lukas, who trained both fillies. "They were both instrumental in my career. I have a soft spot for both of them."

Bailey said he wasn't planning to be so close to the early lead, but the pace was soft, so he decided to hold his position after a half-mile run in 48.24 seconds.

"I was going to try and stick in behind them and make the move around turning for home," Bailey said. But, he said, "nobody really wanted the lead. I said, heck, I'll sit where I am. We went 48, went pretty comfortable, and I had plenty of horse."

Spain ($8) covered the 1 1/16-miles in 1:43.93.

American Turf: Legislator rallies


What began as one of the worst days of James Bond's training career ended on a happier note after Legislator rallied to a half-length victory over Stage Call in the $116,300 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes.

Bond was forced to scratch Buddha from Saturday's Kentucky Derby upon discovering him to be lame early Friday morning.

"It softens the blow, but this is still kind of a hollow victory," Bond said after watching Legislator win for the third time in as many starts on grass.

Legislator rated within easy striking distance of the pacesetting Classic Case in the 1 1/16-mile American but appeared to be in some trouble when he was shuffled to the back of the pack after getting caught in traffic around the second turn. Jockey Edgar Prado eased Legislator out wide to secure clearance between horses entering the stretch. Legislator accelerated nearing the eighth pole and ultimately ran down Stage Call in the final sixteenth of a mile.

Stage Call, well-placed throughout under Pat Day, moved to a clear lead in early stretch but could not contain Legislator's closing surge. Orchard Park, who had won his previous four starts on grass, rallied mildly to finish third in a field of 10 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Legislator paid $8.20 after covering the distance in 1:44.43 seconds.

Bond, who trains Legislator for owner William Clifton Jr., said he plans to point Legislator for the Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park on May 27.

"Mr. Clifton is from Texas and I promised him I'd bring his horse down there to run this year," said Bond.

Aegon Sprint: Testify by a head


For the second consecutive year, it took a photo finish to separate Testify and Texas Glitter in the Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs.

Last year, Testify and Texas Glitter ran second and third, a nose apart. Friday, the photo showed Testify a head in front of Texas Glitter for first in the $121,300 turf sprint.

Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye, Testify rallied wide to catch Texas Glitter, who finished on the rail and appeared to be a winner in midstretch. Gone Fishin, a 28-1 longshot, finished third in the field of 10.

Testify ($24.80) finished five furlongs on turf in 57.39 seconds and gave trainer Randy Morse his second consecutive win in the Aegon Turf Sprint. Morluc, the 2000 winner, was fifth this year.

Delahoussaye was a late replacement for Bailey, who took off a few mounts on Friday to avoid riding the entire card.

Testify, seventh early, did not reach contention until the final furlong.

Mighty Beau, Orientate, and Morluc fought for the early lead through an opening quarter-mile of 21.98 seconds. Orientate, the

2-1 favorite, was the first to feel the pressure. He faded from contention in early stretch when Mighty Beau and Morluc were joined by Texas Glitter.

Testify was sixth at the eighth pole, 3 1/2 lengths behind Mighty Beau, but closed ground quickly.

"I was about four wide but the ground was better," Delahoussaye said.

Texas Glitter finished a neck in front of Gone Fishin. Mighty Beau held on for fourth, with Orientate fading to ninth.

Owned by Robert Mitchell, the 5-year-old Testify has won eight of 21 starts and $338,522.

Edgewood: Maliziosa closes


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A soggy turf course that compromised the chances of the front-runners helped stretch-running Maliziosa capture the $115,800 Edgewood Stakes on the turf at one mile, a distance trainer Bill Mott had feared would be too short.

The give in the ground, however, made up for the concerns over the distance. Winning jockey Bailey said there was enough moisture in the turf from rains earlier in the week that it "neutralized the speed."

Maliziosa unleashed a strong closing kick to beat favored Cellars Shiraz by 1 1/2 lengths, with Traci's Wild another nose back in third. Maliziosa was timed in 1:37.65 on a course rated good.

Maliziosa was eighth in the

10-horse field with a quarter-mile remaining after saving ground on the final turn. She split horses down the stretch and roared past Cellars Shiraz, who was seeking her fourth consecutive victory.

The third choice at 5-1, Maliziosa returned $12.80 to win. She has now won three times in six starts, including two straight.

Mott said Maliziosa has frequently nicked herself, when her front legs strike her back legs. As a result, she had not worn shoes on her front feet in previous races. But she wore shoes in a workout on the Churchill Downs turf on April 23, and did not strike herself, so Mott went ahead and put front shoes on Maliziosa for Friday's race.