December 8, 2013
Source: Thoroughbred Daily News
Top Billing, favored at 9-5, lost touch with the field early, but put on a very impressive display to win for fun at first asking in the Laurel slop. Checked early, the chestnut was quickly outsprinted to race in seventh through fractions of :23.51 and :48.42. Launched out of a cannon on the far turn, Top Billing caught the eye with a wide sweeping move, and came charging between horses in the stretch to graduate by 5 1/4 jaw-dropping lengths. Top Billing is a half-brother to Untouched Talent (Storm Cat), GSW & GISP, $243,550–the dam of GI Arkansas Derby winner and GI Kentucky Derby runner-up Bodemeister (Empire Maker); and King Gulch (Gulch), SW, $152,732. Top Billing was racing without Lasix. Lifetime Record: 1-1-0-0, $22,800.
O-William S Farish & E J Hudson Jr.
B-W S Farish & E J Hudson Jr Irrevocable Trust (KY).
T-Claude R McGaughey III.