LOUISVILLE, Ky. &ndash; In an incredibly tight finish that nearly resulted in a triple dead-heat, Keertana was the narrowest of winners Saturday in the 74th running of the Grade 3, $111,200 Louisville Handicap at Churchill Downs.\r\nFavored at 3-2 over her six male rivals, Keertana, a 5-year-old mare, prevailed by a nose over Bearpath, with Guys Reward another nose back in third. El Crespo was fourth, while Musketier, the 8-5 second choice, finished fifth.\r\nKeertana, ridden by Jose Lezcano, rallied along the hedge to challenge front-running Guys Reward with a quarter-mile to go, and those two waged a fierce battle the rest of the way, with Bearpath rallying with a flourish to join them on the wire.\r\nBred and owned by Barbara Hunter and based at Churchill with trainer Tom Proctor, Keertana returned $5 after completing the three-turn, 1 1/2-mile distance in 2:33.61 over a firm turf course. It was her 11th victory from 26 career starts, with the $67,567 winner&rsquo;s share moving her career bankroll to $981,938. Proctor has said achieving the $1 million milestone is a primary goal for Keertana, a Kentucky-bred daughter of Johar.\r\nGuys Reward, with Miguel Mena up for Dale Romans, led through slow fractions of 1:19.27 for six furlongs and 1:45.82 for a mile before Keertana drew even. &ldquo;You won&rsquo;t see many more exciting horse races than that,&rdquo; said Romans, who the previous Saturday was in Maryland to send out Shackleford to win the Preakness.\r\nSimmard, Dark Cove, and Formulaforsuccess were early scratches from an original field of 10.\r\n* After the fifth race Saturday, Churchill hosted a touching winner&rsquo;s circle ceremony to honor Brass Hat, who was retired earlier this week at age 10. Brass Hat ran 40 times and earned nearly $2.2 million for owner-breeder Fred Bradley and his son, trainer Buff Bradley.