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PROGRAM TRADING (GB) (r, 4, Lope de Vega {Ire}–Dreamlike {GB}, by Oasis Dream {GB}) gave Seth Klarman’s Klaravich Stables and trainer Chad Brown a fourth winner of the GI Old Forester Turf Classic S. in the last six years, fighting his way past Godolphin’s Naval Power (GB) (Teofilo {Ire}) in the shadow of the winning post. A 4-1 chance making his 4-year-old debut, Program Trading left there running, and when Never Surprised (Constitution) rolled up to lead and when Naval Power set up shop just outside the pacesetter, that left Flavien Prat and Program Trading in what has been the ideal spot on this course over the past few days. Handy enough to the tepid fractions laid down by Never Surprised, Program Trading continued to ride the rails on the turn, but it was Naval Power who got first run on a tiring Never Surprised turning into the stretch. The Godolphin runner certainly wasn’t stopping, but Frankie Dettori had left the rail open, and Prat took full advantage, knifing through before prevailing by a short-head. Webslinger (Constitution) made a bold rally into contention while wide on the turn and was there to win the race, but couldn’t quite quicken with the top two. He ultimately won a photo for third with Integration (Quality Road), who sat a good inside trip, but was left with too much to do in the final quarter mile. Champion Bricks and Mortar (Giant’s Causeway) gave Brown and Klaravich their first Turf Classics in 2019, followed by Digital Age (Ire) (Invincible Spirit {Ire}) in the COVID-delayed running in 2020. Domestic Spending (GB) (Kingman {GB}) dead-heated in 2021 with Colonel Liam (Liam’s Map). Each of the three European-bred winners was acquired at Tattersalls October. Sales history: 250,000gns Ylg ’21 TATOCT. O-Klaravich Stables Inc; B-Fittocks Stud & Arrow Farm & Stud; T-Chad Brown.

 

A thrilling photo finish in the Turf Classic Stakes @ChurchillDowns goes to #5 Program Trading on the inside at odds of 4/1!

Jockey: Flavien Prat
Trainer: Chad Brown
Owner: Klaravich Stables Inc pic.twitter.com/3EryxPK9Wb

— TwinSpires Racing (@TwinSpires) May 4, 2024

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