07/21/2012 7:02PM

Ellis Park: Good Lord takes second straight stakes in Don Bernhardt Memorial


After getting beat 12 straight times, sometimes in allowance company, Good Lord now has won two stakes in a row after rallying Saturday to capture the $50,000 Don Bernhardt Memorial Stakes at Ellis Park.

With Gabriel Saez aboard for trainer Forrest Kaelin, Good Lord came from just off the pace to wear down Noble’s Promise, the 8-5 choice in a field of seven older horses, to prevail by a half-length. It was another three lengths back to Shrill, who had another 2 1/4 lengths on Gold Element.

Good Lord, a 5-year-old Florida-bred gelding owned by Thomas Shank and Stan Young, returned $9.40 as fourth choice after finishing the 6 1/2-furlong distance in 1:14.46 over a fast track. He was coming off a victory in the $100,000 Wild and Wonderful Stakes at Charles Town and now has won 6 of 41 starts for earnings just shy of $299,063.

Kaelin, 77, said before the Bernhardt that he thought he might have an edge after shipping his stable from Churchill Downs to Ellis for the summer. The other top contenders all shipped in for the race.

Three horses were scratched, most notably Delaunay, the lukewarm morning-line favorite.