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Scorpius comes back to bite at Churchill


Darley Stable's Scorpius sizzled to a four-and-three-quarter length win on Thursday at Churchill Downs in a 6-furlong allowance race with Calvin Borel in the irons. The 3-year-old colt took the lead at the top of the stretch after going four wide and pressing the pace in scorching fractions, going five-eighths in 56.3 and finishing the distance in 1:09 flat.

The Five Star Day bay went off as the 4 to 5 favorite in the field of eight. He has won two of three races since breaking his maiden in his debut at Gulfstream Park on February 9th. His last race six weeks ago was a toss-out over Keeneland's polytrack where the colt raced in tight on a dead rail and did not appreciate the daylight closing in front of him.

"He rebounded tremendously from his last race," said trainer Eoin Harty. Darley CEO Jimmy Bell was on hand for the victory and indicated that the colt may step up into stakes company for his next start.

Scorpius was bred in Kentucky by Two Sisters Stable and was purchased at the 2004 Keeneland September Yearling Sale for $400,000.

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