07/02/2010 11:00PM

Final night card of meet brings 'em in


LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Ideal summer weather and the final chance to attend night racing at the spring meet at Churchill Downs led to an ontrack attendance of 32,481 here Friday, easily the best this year for a night card.

Whereas the first three night programs (June 11, 18, 25) all had been conducted amid high temperatures and humidity, that wasn't the case Friday. Many in the youthful and enthusiastic crowd were still on hand when Kiddari, with Shaun Bridgmohan aboard for trainer Bill Mott, surged to a 7-1 upset in the 10th of 11 races, the featured $63,560 Roxelana for fillies and mares.

The Roxelana was marred by the breakdown of Tiger's Song, the 19-10 favorite in a field of seven. No jockeys or other horses were injured.

The big crowd lifted the average for night racing at the meet to 27,139.

Night racing will be held twice at the fall meet, on Oct. 31 and Nov. 19.

Secret Gypsy looks to keep rolling

Secret Gypsy, a run-off winner of the June 25 Saylorville at Prairie Meadows, could make her next start in the Aug. 1 Regret Stakes at Monmouth Park or the Aug. 8 Honorable Miss at Saratoga, said trainer Ronny Werner.

Until finishing second here at nearly 25-1 in the May 31 Winning Colors, her race before the Saylorville, Secret Gypsy had been off form.

"It seems like she's back," said Werner.

Secret Gypsy will be among the Werner horses shipping Tuesday to Delaware Park to join up with the trainer's other main string.

Pure Clan starts long road to Cup

Pure Clan, the multiple Grade 1 winner who has yet to race at 5, returned to training Saturday at Churchill after recently coming back into the Bob Holthus fold.

Pure Clan had been sidelined by a foot bruise diagnosed after the mare refused to train several mornings earlier in the meet. Holthus has said he hopes to make the Nov. 5 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill, a race in which Pure Clan was the runner-up to Midday last fall at Santa Anita in what remains her most recent start.

* Following a five-day break after the closing of Churchill on Sunday, a 27-day meet starts Saturday at Ellis Park in Henderson, Ky. The meet will be highlighted by the lone graded stakes at Ellis, the Grade 3 Gardenia on Aug. 14. Among the jockeys expected to compete on a regular basis at Ellis are Corey Lanerie, Jon Court, Francisco Torres, Jamie Theriot, Victor Lebron, and Greta Kuntzweiler.