07/20/2013 5:12PM

Ellis: Good Lord regains form in Don Bernhardt

Steve Kweskin
Good Lord, ridden by Fernando De La Cruz, wins the Don Bernhardt for the second straight year.

Good Lord rebounded off two subpar efforts to pull a mild upset Saturday when defending his title in the 36th running of the $50,000 Don Bernhardt at Ellis Park in western Kentucky.

Sent straight to the front by Jesus Castanon, Good Lord turned back Right to Vote, the 9-5 second choice, after turning for home in the 6 1/2-furlong race and went on to prevail by 3 1/4 lengths over Good Morning Diva, the odds-on favorite in a field of six older horses.

Good Lord, owned by Thomas Shank and trained by Forrest Kaelin, returned $10.80 after finishing in 1:15.07 over a fast track. The 6-year-old Florida-bred Good Lord had finished a well-beaten fourth in both starts at the recent Churchill Downs meet. He won the 2012 Bernhardt by a half-length.