By Dick Downey
(Franklin, KY) He was sent off at 13-1 odds, but Depeche Chat didn't know it as he cruised to victory in the Franklin-Simpson Mile at Kentucky Downs. He didn't really surprise his connections, though.
Trained by Rusty Arnold and ridden by Brian Hernandez, Depeche Chat gave each of the men their second wins of the day at the track. Depeche Chat was timed in 1:51.20.
Uncle Brent finished second, with San Antone and Stay Put third and fourth.
Depeche Chat had won two of five races since being switched to turf in February. His worst outing since then was a seventh-place finish in the Grade III Louisville Handicap, a 1 1/2-mile race.
Depeche Chat paid $29.80 to win, $10.60 to place and $5.40 to show.
"We though this horse was goin to run really well. Deuce Greathouse (racing manager for owner Evan Trommer) told me to put him on the turf, and he's taken to (it)" Arnold said. "We made a mistake sending him a mile and a half. He's a free-running horse."
Hernandez was pleased, saying "I'm not really surprised. He handles the turf really well. The biggest thing with him is to stay out of his way."