Buckingham Prince gets the nod in Churchill Downs maiden

Top-5 First-Crop sire Klimt got his 18th juvenile winner Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs when Buckingham Prince earned a hard-fought victory over Timeless Joke in a six-furlong maiden special weight affair for 2-year-olds (WATCH RACE).

Buckingham Prince was well off the early pace for the first quarter-mile before commencing a four-wide run around the turn. The eventual top-two finishers didn’t get the lead until there was less than a furlong to run. Timeless Joke had short lead until the final strides, when Buckingham Prince put in one final effort to win by a nose in a solid 1:10.58.

The winner is owned by the Mary Lou Whitney Stable and was bred in Kentucky by Mr. & Mrs. Jim Wells.

Klimt has been one of the most prolific stakes producers of any freshman sire this year, with four black-type horses to date. Darby Dan recently announced his 2022 fee at $7,500 S&N.