LEXINGTON, KY (Oct. 22) Nelson McMakin scored a back-to-double as owner and breeder on Friday’s card with victories in the fourth and fifth races.
In the fourth, first-time starter Promises Broken romped to a 12¼-length victory under Robby Albarado while covering seven furlongs over a sloppy track in 1:24.20. Promises Broken is a 2-year-old daughter of Algorithms out of the Broken Vow mare Strong Vows.
In the fifth, Favorite Coach got up in the final strides under Jack Gilligan to win a six-furlong starter allowance race by a head in 1:11.21. Favorite Coach is a 5-year-old son of Stephen Got Even out of the Favorite Trick mare Bella Coachella.
Phil Sims trains both winners for McMakin, who owned and bred 2009 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup (G1) winner Hot Cha Cha. Sims also trained Hot Cha Cha.
“He was tickled to death,” Sims said Saturday morning. “He has been in the business 40 years and he loves to win races here.”
Promises Broken was listed at 12-1 on the morning line but went off as the third choice in the field of 10 betting choices and paid $10.
Sims was not sure what to expect from Promises Broken in her debut and did not envision a blowout performance.
“You never know, but she had done everything right in the morning,” Sims said, adding he didn’t think the off track was a contributing factor. “She’s a very honest filly.”
Sims said an allowance race at Churchill Downs likely would be next on tap for Promises Broken.