12/15/2012 7:39PM

Turfway: Sellers collects first win since June aboard Night Party in Prairie Bayou

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Shane Sellers, 47, who had been 0 for 17 since recovering from a fractured shoulder, wins the Prairie Bayou aboard Night Party.

Shane Sellers got his first victory since he was injured in a spill in June when he guided Night Party to a 2 1/4-length score Saturday in the $50,000 Prairie Bayou Stakes at Turfway Park in northern Kentucky.

Sellers, riding for his friend and business partner, trainer Pat Huffman, went straight to the front with Night Party from his outside post in the 1 1/16-mile Polytrack race and held off all challenges.

Night Party, bred and owned by Camelia Casby, returned $8.40 as second choice after finishing in 1:43.68. Twinspired, the 9-5 favorite in a field of 10, was second, a neck before Wealth to Me, a 22-1 shot.

“It feels great to be back,” said Sellers, 47. “It especially feels great to win.”

Sellers, the 45th jockey all-time with 4,388 career wins, had just 17 mounts, winning none, after returning from a shoulder fracture he sustained in a June 29 spill on the Churchill Downs turf. He said recently that he does not intend to retire but has been working regularly on the Versailles, Ky., farm that he bought earlier this year with Huffman.