07/20/2013 5:12PM

Ellis: Good Lord regains form in Don Bernhardt

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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.