With seven 3-year-old fillies contending in mid-stretch, Maggi Moss's So Many Ways proved best late to win the $150,000 Eight Belles Stakes presented by Xerox Friday, May 3 at Churchill Downs by a half-length over Fusaichiswonderful.
The two wagering favorites dominated Friday's Eight Belles for three-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs, with even-money choice Contested taking over from pacesetter Good Deed at the three-sixteenths pole and drawing away to win by 4 3/4 lengths.
Filly Havre de Grace brought Larry Jones and Rick Porter back together in 2011, reuniting a trainer and owner who had endured tragedy three years earlier when filly Eight Belles fatally broke down after finishing second in the Kentucky Derby.
Although Arienza has come quite far in just a handful of starts in the past two months, her trainer, Dan Peitz, thought it wise to bypass the Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs and instead run her on the undercard in the Grade 3 Eight Belles.
With the Breeders' Cup Sprint and Dirt Mile to be run later this year at Churchill Downs, it's little wonder that trainers with long-term prospects for those events are getting in a race over the track when they can.
Larry Jones, retirement just over the horizon, is hoping to complete a career circle when he sends out Just Jenda as part of a big field of 3-year-old fillies Saturday in the Grade 2 Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland.