05/04/2007 11:00PM

Saint Anddan wins Churchill Downs Handicap


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Less than 24 hours after a daughter of A.P. Indy splashed to victory in the Kentucky Oaks, Saint Anddan, a 5-year-old horse by the renowned sire, also turned in a terrific performance on a wet Churchill Downs surface Saturday when he drew off to a clear-cut victory in the 73rd running of the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap on the Kentucky Derby undercard.

Saint Anddan, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, took command turning for home before finishing two lengths clear of Ah Day, the 11-10 favorite, in the seven-furlong CD Cap, which was run on a drying-out track rated good. Will He Shine finished third, another 2 1/2 lengths back.

Owned by Mr. and Mrs. William K. Warren Jr. and trained by Bobby Frankel, Saint Anddan returned $18.40 to win after finishing in 1:22.31. He earned $170,485 from the $277,750 purse.

Saint Anddan is a Kentucky-bred by A.P. Indy, whose daughter, Rags to Riches, posted an emphatic victory Friday as the favorite in the 133rd Kentucky Oaks. The progeny of A.P. Indy are known as being particularly adept over off tracks.

Saint Anddan now has won 5 of 13 races, with the CD Cap being his first graded stakes win and his second stakes win overall. He won the March 24 Kenner at Fair Grounds in his previous start.

"Bobby thought this was a really good spot for him," said Chad Brown, Frankel's Kentucky-based assistant.

The CD Cap became an even better spot when it was reduced to just six older horses by three early scratches, including Wanderin Boy and Half Ours, the respective one-two finishers the previous day in the Alysheba at Churchill. Junior College also was scratched.