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The trophy presentation for the 2012 Secretariat Stakes
The first of three Grade 1 stakes races on Arlington Million Saturday was the $500,000 Secretariat Stakes (G1) for 3-year-olds going the Million distance of 1 1/4 miles on the turf. A field of 8 went to post with Silver Max sent off as the 2-1 favorite off a 6 race winning streak including the American Turf (G2) and the Virginia Derby (G2). In to challenge him included 5-2 second choice Summer Front, winner of the Hill Prince (G3) and the Duluth Stakes, and 3-1 third choice Bayrir, winner of the Prix Eugene Adam-Grand Prix de Maisons-Laffitte (G2) last out in France.
Bayrir takes the lead on the outside.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Bayrir Lemaire 8.40 4.80 3.60 4 Finnigan's Wake Lezcano 6.40 3.60 2 Summer Front Dominguez 3.40 $2 Exacta (7-4) paid 55.60 $1 Trifecta (7-4-2) paid 101.40 $1 Superfecta (7-4-2-1) paid 1,047.90 Winning Time: 2:02.92Results Chart
Left: Bayrir in the winner's circle.
Right: Bayrir gets ready to return to the barns. Winning trainer Alain de Royer-Dupre said, "I think he's a very good horse, because he's very calm, as you saw before the race. We had a good pace in the race, and he has a good turn of foot."
Left: Bayrir takes off after the post parade. Jockey Christophe Lemaire said, "It wasn't the plan (to be far back early) but the race started out very quickly. I let my horse get into the race. On the backstretch, he was racing very well and he took the bit on his own around the last corner. When I put him out he reacted very well. He's a very clever horse. He's a very classy horse."
Right: Bayrir circles with his flowers.
Left: Second place finisher Finnegans Wake returns after the race. Trainer Dale Romans said, "He gets better all the time. He ran a big race. He's an improving horse, getting better all along. I think he'll continue to improve." Jockey Jose Lezcano added, "At the 1/8 pole I had horse and a hole closed. Soon as he had an opening he went right through it. He felt great."
Right: Third place finisher Summer Front in the post parade. Jockey Ramon Dominguez said, "He seemed like he got a little tired in the final 3/16."
Fifth place finisher and beaten favorite Silver Max leads first time by. The 2-1 favorite led early under jockey Robby Albarado but tired to finish fifth beaten 4 1/2 lengths. The Dale Romans trainee has a record to 7 wins, 5 seconds, and 0 thirds in 14 starts, earning $870,667 for owners Mark Bacon and Dana Wells.
The first race on the card was the $65,000 Straight Line Stakes for three-year-olds going 1 mile around one turn of the Polytrack. 30-1 Priceless Shore battled for the early lead with 7-1 Hogy and even-money favorite Hammers Terror through fractions of 24.13, 47.28, and 1:11.80. Hogy gained the lead midstretch through 7/8 in 1:24.18, but 9-2 Francois, fifth early, closed 4 wide late to win by 1/2 a length over 11-2 Sweet Luca in 1:37.02. It was another length back to Hogy third, while favorite Hammers Terror was another 1 3/4 lengths back in fourth.
On to the Arlington Million won by Little Mike
On to the Beverly D. won by I'm A Dreamer
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