Contested set a new stakes record in winning the Eight Belles Stakes (G3) at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks undercard on Friday.
Owned by Jill Baffert, Contested covered seven furlongs in 1:21.19, eclipsing the previous stakes record of 1:21.97 set by Roxelana in 2000. The winner was ridden by Martin Garcia and is conditioned by Bob Baffert.
Contested is a daughter of Ghostzapper and is out of the Arch mare Gold Vault. The win, her third straight, boosted her career bankroll to $144, 754.
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