Cinco Charlie wins inaugural running of $100,000 William Walker Stakes

COUNTDOWN TO DERBY DAY

Opening night of Churchill Downs’ 38-Day spring meet

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Saturday, April 25, 2015) – Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt’s Cinco Charlie took the lead out of the gate and held off a mild bid from Senor Grits to win the inaugural running of the $100,000 William Walker Stakes for 3-year-olds by 1 ½ lengths on the opening night of the 2015 Spring Meet at Churchill Downs.
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr., Cinco Charlie covered the six furlongs on a “good” track in 1:10.86.

Cinco Charlie was involved in a three-way tussle early with Weast Hill and Holiday Camp with odds-on favorite Blofeld just in behind the leaders on the rail through opening fractions of :21.85 and :45.63.
At the top of the lane, Cinco Charlie shook clear to record his sixth stakes victory and run his Churchill Downs record to a perfect three-for-three. He broke his maiden here at first asking on May 9 last year and won the Bashford Manor (GIII) in his next start.
A Kentucky-bred son of Indian Charlie out of the Marquetry mare Ten Halos, Cinco Charlie ran his record to 11-7-1-2 and boosted his earnings to $419,182 with Saturday’s $61,380 winner’s check.
Cinco Charlie returned $7.40, $4.20 and $2.20. Senor Grits, ridden by Julien Leparoux, returned $6.40 and $2.60 in finishing a half-length in front of Blofeld who paid $2.10 to show under John Velazquez.
Finishing another 2 ¼ lengths back in fourth was Henry Jones, who was followed in order by Weast Hill and Holiday Camp.
Racing resumes Tuesday with a nine-race program beginning at 12:45 p.m. (ET).

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