Chris Davis saddles first Kentucky winner


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Chris Davis sent out his first winner on the Kentucky circuit when Student Body, a 3-year-old Colonel John filly owned by Gary Broad, prevailed at first asking in the final race Saturday at a $74.60 win mutuel.

Davis, 28, is the son of Chicago-based trainer Liane Davis. He worked as an assistant for Mike Stidham for more than five years in Chicago, New Orleans, and California before going out on his own last fall. He now has a 15-horse stable at Keeneland.

Davis, whose two prior career wins came at Fair Grounds over the winter, said Scott Hansen deserves credit for getting Student Body ready at San Luis Rey Downs before sending her east. “She came to me bombproof,” said Davis.

◗ The Grade 3, $100,000 Mint Julep will be the main attraction here Saturday prior to the Belmont Stakes simulcast. Believe in Bertie is the 122-pound highweight in the 1 1/16-mile turf race, which also is expected to get Linda (121), Dona Bruja (119), Sky My Sky (116), Dynazar (115), and a few other fillies and mares. Entries were to be drawn Wednesday.

◗ Corey Lanerie continues to distance himself from his Churchill peers. Lanerie, a 12-time riding champion here, rode five winners Saturday, ending with the Grade 3 Aristides aboard Limousine Liberal. He enters Thursday’s action with a 41-23 lead over Brian Hernandez Jr. atop the jockey standings.

◗ Trainer Mike Tomlinson and jockey Joe Rocco Jr. enjoyed a terrific weekend, teaming with Forgive, a narrow winner of the $55,040 Mighty Beau on Saturday, and Jordan’s Henny, who was making her first start since a 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Oaks in winning a $49,980 allowance Sunday.

◗ A jackpot rollover of $56,000 in the 20-cent Single 6 awaits fans in races 3-8 on Thursday evening. One of the bigger jackpots of the spring meet was divvied up Sunday when the super high five returned $5,528.80 for each $1 winner. Handle was $187,424, including a carryover of nearly $39,000.