LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ With Distinction beat Exciting Metro by 1 1/4 lengths in Churchill Downs' $59,200 featured allowance optional claiming race on Thursday.

With Distinction, ridden by Rafael Bejarano, covered the six furlongs in 1:09.52 and paid $7.40, $4.40 and $3.

Exciting Metro returned $5.60 and $4, while pacesetter Strength and Honor paid $4.80 to show.

With Distinction, a 4-year-old son of Storm Cat owned by Robert and Beverly Lewis, earned $37,025, raising his career earnings to $219,777 with his fourth win in 18 starts.