11/05/2004 12:00AM

Longshots slay heavy favorites

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Quest Star, jockey Larry Melancon up, wires the field at 10-1 in a turf allowance Friday at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - So much for the marquee horses. Bedanken and Honor in War, both bet down to odds-on favoritism when dipping into the allowance ranks, were nowhere to be found in their respective races Friday at Churchill Downs, where longshots dominated throughout the afternoon.

Bedanken, a three-time stakes winner this year, finished fifth of seven fillies and mares in the fourth race, a $68,300 turf allowance won by Mymich, a 34-1 shot.

Honor in War, a Grade 1 winner who was second in the Shadwell Mile last out, never threatened when finishing last of seven in the seventh race, a $68,300 turf allowance won in wire-to-wire fashion by Quest Star at 10-1.

Mymich, fourth in a similar allowance at Keeneland just a week before, narrowly held off a late surge by Fun House to win by a nose.

"She was training so super that I felt like I could run her back that quick," said trainer Tony Reinstedler. "She loves the ground here, and she runs big for [Jesus] Castanon."

Bedanken, the 4-5 favorite off her three stakes wins this year, was in good position turning for home, "but I didn't have what I needed down the lane," said jockey Don Pettinger.

A 5-year-old mare, Bedanken, a winner of nearly $540,000, may have run her last race, said trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

About 90 minutes later, Quest Star was never headed in prevailing for jockey Larry Melancon and trainer Elliott Walden. The victory was the first for Quest Star since he captured the Grade 2 Pan American at Gulfstream Park in March. Gretchen's Star finished second and Prince Prado was third.

Honor in War, the 4-5 choice under Calvin Borel, appeared to labor over a turf course rated "good" but had no other apparent excuse. Honor in War, who has earned nearly $900,000, had been excluded from the Breeders' Cup Mile last weekend and was using the Friday race as a possible prep toward the Nov. 21 River City Handicap.

Other big-priced winners on the Friday card included Jenny Tudor ($28.60) in the third race and Julie Truly ($87.80) in the fifth.

* Kevin Krigger, the well-traveled jockey who began riding in Kentucky in September, notched his first Churchill victory when guiding Z Country to a 1 1/2-length triumph in the last race Thursday.

Krigger, who has ridden on several circuits since his career began in California in 2001, plans to ride at Turfway Park through the winter.

* Borel continues to close in on the 4,000-win milestone. Borel rode three winners here Thursday, giving him 3,989 in his career. Borel, a native of St. Martin, La., turns 38 on Sunday.

* Trainer Murray Johnson has confirmed Perfect Drift as a starter for the Nov. 26 Clark Handicap, a race that could mark the fourth time this year that Perfect Drift will have run against Roses in May. Trainer Dale Romans also has said Roses in May is likely for the $500,000 Clark.

* Turf and 3-year-olds are the common threads in the stakes schedule next weekend. The Saturday feature is the Grade 2, $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes for fillies, and the Sunday feature is the inaugural running of the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf for colts and geldings. Both will be run at 1 1/16 miles.

* Sunday marks the ninth annual Chili Cook-Off, one of the most popular promotions of the year at Churchill. The event has gotten so large that it has been moved to the infield this year. Churchill also has added a post-race concert by country star Andy Griggs.