Zumurudee Wins Wednesday’s Featured Fawn Leap Purse

LEXINGTON, KY (April 17, 2019) – DARRS Inc.’s Zumurudee surged to the front at midstretch and then held off a late bid from favored Krewe Chief by 2½ lengths to win the $83,000 featured Fawn Leap Purse for 4-year-olds and up before a Wednesday afternoon crowd of 11,827.

Trained by Mike Stidham and ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, Zumurudee covered the 1½ miles on a firm turf course in 2:29.39. (Click here for a replay of the race.)

Zumurudee is a 5-year-old gelded Kentucky-bred son of Stormy Atlantic out of the High Chaparral (IRE) mare Voting Right (FR). The victory was worth $49,800 and improved his earnings to $148,452 with a record of 16-3-5-3.

Zumurudee returned $16.80, $6.60 and $4.20. Krewe Chief, ridden by Jose Ortiz, returned $4.20 and $3.20 with Neepawa finishing another length back in third under Florent Geroux and paying $4 to show.

Racing continues Thursday with a nine-race program that begins at 1:05 p.m. ET.


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