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2011 Bernard Baruch Handicap

Jockey Julien Leparoux and Turallure after winning the Bernard Baruch

 Travers & King's Bishop
 Ballerina, Ballston Spa, & Victory Ride

Date: 08/26/2011

The feature race on Friday at Saratoga Race Course was the $202,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap (G2), for older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the Mellon turf course. A field of 11 went to post before the 21,846 fans enjoying the sunny afternoon, with last year's winner Get Stormy sent off as the 2-1 favorite off his 3rd place finish in the Monmouth Stakes (G3) after winning both the Maker's Mark Mile (G1) and Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (G1). In to challenge him included 4-1 second choice Hymn Book, second in the Suburban Handicap (G2) last out, and 7-1 third choice Baryshnikov, off his third place finish in the Oceanport (G3).

Turallure draws away from Get Stormy in the stretch.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez sent Get Stormy to the lead immediately and he set fractions of 23.95, 48.45, and 1:12.45 while a length in front of 10-1 Blues Street and 24-1 Boots Ahead. Entering the lane, Get Stormy pulled away from the tiring stalkers, opening up a 2 length advantage at the 1/8 pole through 1 mile in 1:35.55. However, 9-1 fourth choice Turallure, who was 9th for the first 1/2 mile saving ground early, came out 5 wide for the drive and rallied past the favorite at the 1/16 pole and drew off to a 2 1/4 length win in 1:48.75 over the good turf course. It was another 3/4 length back to late-running Baryshnikov third.

Pgm  Horse              Jockey         Win   Place  Show
 2   Turallure          Leparoux     20.00    8.20  5.70
11   Get Stormy         Dominguez             4.10  2.80
 5   Baryshnikov        Lanerie                     5.00

Winning Time:  1:48.75

$2 Exacta 2-11               95.00
$2 Trifecta 2-11-5          553.00
$2 Superfecta 2-11-5-6    7,196.00
Results Chart

Left: Turallure in the winner's circle.

Right: The trophy presentation wigh trainer Charles Lopresti on the right. Lopresti said, "When I saw how fast they were going up front, I knew we were going to close ground. It worked out pretty good. In the Fourstardave he was beaten 3 lengths but he lost all chance going into the first turn. Part of that was my fault; all the trainers said they didn't want to go with Sidney's Candy, so we tried to stay off of him, but they went a 1/2 in :50 and 3/4 in 1:14. In hindsight, I probably should have let him run that day, but it worked out OK. That's a tough horse on the front end (Get Stormy), he really ran a great race. I thought we'd get by him quicker and he hung on."

Left: Turallure heads out for the post parade. His jockey Julien Leparoux said, "At the 1/4-pole, I thought I had (Get Stormy). Coming into the stretch, he kept fighting. He made us work for it. (Turallure) has been breezing very well in the morning. I was confident that he was going to run good today. He ran the same way when I rode him at Churchill Downs and he won. He broke well; I got him to relax and make that big run at the end."

Right: Turallure returns after the race.

Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Get Stormy in the paddock. His trainer Tom Bush said, "He ran terrific. He ran super. He wasn't as relaxed as we would have liked, and he was getting tired at the 1/8 pole, but he was still trying." Jockey Ramon Dominguez added, "I thought he was coming into the race as good as possible. I've been breezing him in the mornings, and I've been very happy with him. He tried hard to the end. I felt he gave me an honest run."

Right: Third place finisher Baryshnikov returns after the race. The 7-1 third choice sat midpack 4th about 4 lengths off the pace under jockey Corey Lanerie, then rallied late to get up for third beaten 3 lengths at the line. The Mike Maker trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 7 seconds, and 7 thirds in 37 starts, earning $324,913 for owners Connie Apostelos and Jeffrey Columbro.

From Saturday: Travers and King's Bishop Stakes
From Saturday: Ballerina, Ballston Spa, & Victory Ride Stakes
Sunday's card was cancelled due to bad weather from hurricane Irene.

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