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Cinco Charlie Wins William Walker

4/26/2015

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 by 1 1/2 length on 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 track rated good 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. Senor Grits was a late-running second, and Blofeld stayed on for third. Finishing another 2 1/4 lengths back in fourth was Henry Jones, who was followed by Weast Hill and Holiday Camp.

It was Cinco Charlie's sixth stakes victory and third win in three starts at Churchill Downs. He broke his maiden at the track at first asking on May 9 and won the Bashford Manor Stakes in his next start. He ran his overall record to 11-7-1-2 and boosted his earnings to $419,182.

A Kentucky-bred son of Indian Charlie out of the Marquetry mare Ten Halos, Cinco Charlie is owned by Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt.
 
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.

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