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2009 Kentucky Derby Undercard Results

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Einstein wins the 2009 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic
Einstein wins the 2009 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic

Einstein wins the 2009 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic at Churchill Downs. He also won it last year.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
May 2, 2009

The 153,563 fans in attendance at Churchill Downs on the first Saturday in May for Kentucky Derby day were treated to 5 more graded stakes races on the undercard. Like on Oaks day, overnight rains soaked both racing surfaces, leaving a sloppy main track and good turf. However it was much cooler, with the temperature around 55 under overcast skies.

The $500,000 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1) features some of the best older turf horses in the country going 1 1/8 miles. Thorn Song set the early pace of 23.87, 48.40, and 1:12.34 over the good Matt Winn turf course while as many as 2 lengths in front of 8-1 Cowboy Cal stalking him in second. Entering the stretch, Thorn Song faded allowing Cowboy Cal to inherit the lead at the 3/16 pole, getting the mile in 1:37.15. 9-5 favorite and defending champion Einstein, who raced in midpack fifth for the first 5 furlongs, closed with a rush 5 wide to nail Cowboy Cal at the line by a head in 1:49.62. It was a long 3 3/4 lengths back to Court Vision third.

Results chart from DRF

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