Miles Ahead wins by thinnest margin in Louisville Thoroughbred Society – Reuters

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Miles Ahead, center, puts his nose to Isolate, rail and Necker Island in the Louisville Thoroughbred Society

Jay Em Ess Stable’s Miles Ahead finished ahead of leader Isolate and closer to Necker Island to win by the slimmest of margins in a three-horse shot at Saturday’s $265,000 Louisville Thoroughbred Society at Churchill Downs .

Miles Ahead ran six furlongs in 1:09.02 under jockey Martin Garcia, who rode the winner for trainer Paul McGee and owner Samantha Siegel.

Isolate was an unlucky finalist as he made the entire race early on. He led the field of eight older horses through fast splits of :21.34 and :44.15 as Miles Ahead started from fourth and relaxed from sixth.

Miles Ahead was strained throughout but was able to maintain his overwhelming charge. After attempting a bid along the inside, he altered his course on the outside of Isolate as they approached the sixteenth pole and surged in the final meters to prevail in a header tight at three.

“The later I asked him, the more he found,” Garcia said. “The race went very well for us and in the deep stretch (Isolate) kind of came ahead of us but I was able to get close and he dug in to hold him back.”

Miles Ahead won for the 12th time in 25 starts and the $165,315 salary boosted Kentucky’s career earnings to $644,503. It was his third career victory and his first outside of Gulfstream Park. A year ago, he won the Smile Sprint (G3). In February, he beat Drain the Clock by a neckline to win the $150,000 Gulfstream Park Sprint. Previously, Miles Ahead had finished second in Kelly’s Landing on July 2 at Churchill Downs.

“We gave him a break after Kelly’s Landing and aimed for that spot all summer,” McGee said of Competitive Edge’s 5-year-old son and Awesome Again mare Jennie R.. “He was training well coming into this race and pulled off a big effort after the break.

Miles Ahead, who was raised in Kentucky by Nicholas M. Lotz and Betsy Kelley, paid $7.46 as the 5-2 betting third choice. Isolate, the 8-5 favorite ridden by Joel Rosario, finished a nose at Necker Island with Francisco Arrieta in the saddle.

After the nose, Manny Wah remained 1 ¾ in length in fourth, followed by Top Gunner, Baytown Bear, Robo Man and AC Expressway.

The race is named after the Louisville Thoroughbred Society, which opened for regular business hours in March 2021. The Louisville Thoroughbred Society is Louisville’s only onsite bet by Churchill Downs in the heart of the Louisville metropolitan scene. The premier club for thoroughbred enthusiasts is open to private membership applications and reservations for special events are being accepted. For more information, visit www.thelouisvillethoroughbredsociety.com.

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