BALTIMORE — It's difficult to determine which was more stunning: Acting Happy winning the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, or the sight of two horses crossing the finish line without jockeys in the saddle.
Acting Happy was the surprise winner Friday in the Grade II race for 3-year-old fillies. After going off as a 10-1 underdog, she gained the lead in the stretch under Jose Lezcano and beat No Such Word by 1½ lengths.
Not long after the top seven horses hit the wire, two more sauntered across the line without riders on top. It's an unusual occurrence when one jockey gets thrown, let alone two, but that's precisely what happened after C C's Pal had her heels clipped by Diva Delite.
Kent Desormeaux, who was behind the mishap on Seeking the Title, was dumped from his horse and Julien Leparoux was tossed from Diva Delite.
Leparoux said he was "all right" but was later taken to the hospital.
Desormeaux said he was "fine" following the spill.
The horses appeared to emerge from the collision in fine shape.
"She looks OK. She wasn't limping or anything," said Dallas Jones, trainer for Seeking the Title.
Ian Wilkes, trainer for Diva Delite, said, "She looked fine. She had a couple of nicks, but we'll see. She's covered in dirt. She went completely down."
Acting Happy completed the 11⁄8-mile race in 1:50 and paid $22.20, $10.80 and $5.80. She now has two wins and two second-place finishes in four career races.
"She gave me a good kick before the wire," Lezcano said. "She had something left."
Tidal Pool, trained by D. Wayne Lukas and ridden by Calvin Borel, finished third.
"No excuses," Borel said. "She broke clean and ran good. She tried hard and gave it all to the end."
Our Douglas wins
LOUISVILLE — Our Douglas drew clear of Worldly in the stretch to win Friday's $49,660 featured allowance race at Churchill Downs by 3¼ lengths.
Our Douglas, ridden by Alex Solis, ran 11⁄16 miles in 1:43.59 on the turf.
Our Douglas was the 6-5 favorite in the field of 10 3-year-olds.