Rod & Staff Wins at Churchill Downs
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Rod and Staff charged from sixth on the backstretch and rallied along the rail to post a 1 3/4-length win over Stay Sound in Wednesday’s featured $49,900 Packer Captain purse for 3-year-olds and up at Churchill Downs.
Winning for the third time in 10 starts this year, Rod and Staff, with Robby Albarado aboard, covered the 1 1/8 miles on the turf rated as good in 1:49 2-5, and paid $5.40, $3.40 and $2.40. Stay Sound held the lead briefly in the stretch before giving way and returned $4.60 and $2.80. Midway Magistrate took third another three-quarters of a length back and paid $2.60.
Rod and Staff, owned by Old Frankfort Stud, collected a winner’s share of $31,265 to increase his lifetime earnings to $439,876. The 6-year-old son of Marsayas improved his turf record to four wins in nine starts and bettered his overall career mark to nine wins in 29 attempts.