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Hot Rod Charlie defeats Rich Strike in the Lukas Stakes

Hot Rod Charlie and Rich Strike in a dramatic finale at Lukas Classic, suspended Sonny Leon

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Crowd favourites Hot Rod Charlie and Rich Strike gave Churchill Downs an exciting race, with Hot Rod Charlie taking victory in the selective Lukas Classic Stakes G2 event.

The entrance of the last right seemed that Sonny Leon won in Churchill Downs by taking up half a body of advantage less than 200 meters from the end of the race, but Tyler Gaffalione did not want to make it so easy taking the advantage in the last meters

Sonny Leon and Rich Strike lose their unbeaten streak at Churchill Downs and now hold records for two firsts and one thirds.

"He's one of those types of horses who wish he had blinders for half the race and take them off for the other half. It was an incredible effort. Rich Strike also had a winning run. He ran very well," said O'Neill, coach of hot Rod Charlie.


"It's a tough shot, but we're very proud of the progress our horse made today," said trainer Eric Reed. "It was a huge demand for him to race with these older horses, and he showed that he had the same talent. He was a little closer to the pace today, but he can still fight hard until the end."

On Sunday, October 2, the stewards of the Churchill Downs racecourse decided to sanction with 15 days of suspension the Venezuelan jockey Sonny León for "Aggressive Riding" due to the performance of the jockey in the last meters of the Lukas Classic G2 with Rich Strike, played at the Kentucky Oval.

Rich Strike, son of Keen Ice in Gold Strike, failed to win after the Kentucky Derby, this race against Hot Rod Charlie was his best performance since the Race of roses, he currently has a record of two wins in 11 games, with one second, three thirds and $ 2,200,489 produced.

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