Queen Alexandra outdueled the entry of North Sider and Family Style,
LOUISVILLE, Ky, (AP) _ Queen Alexandra outdueled the entry of North Sider and Family Style, then held off a late charge by Infinidad and won the $154,300 Louisville Budweiser Breeders’ Cup Handicap Friday at Churchill Down.
Queen Alexander, ridden by 48-year-old Don Brumfield, the winningest jockey in Churchill Downs History, carried 117 pounds over the 1 1-16 miles in 1:42 4-5 in beating Infinidad by three-quarters of a length.
The stakes for fillies and mares was the same card as the 113th Kentucky Oaks, the day before the 113th Kentucky Derby.
Queen Alexander, a 5-year-old mare owned by Mrs. Morton Rosenthal, paid $24.20, $10.20 and $5.20 in winning for the third time in six starts this year. She earned $89,295.
Infinidad, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of I’m Sweets and paid $10 and $5.60.
The D. Wayne Lukas-trained entry of Family Style and North Sider finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Fran’s Valentine was last.
Queen Alexandra took the lead entering the back stretch and held off North Sider, ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., and Family Style, ridden by Gary Stevens, until there was a quarter-mile remaining.
Then as the entry faded, Infinidad charged up to challenge. But Queen Alexandra had enough left to hold her off.