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2012 Secretariat Stakes Results

The trophy presentation for the 2012 Secretariat Stakes

Arlington Million results
Beverly D. results

Date: 08/18/2012

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.

Jockey Robby Albarado sent favorite Silver Max to the lead first time by and he set easy fractions of 24.65, 48.94, and 1:13.25 over the good turf while as many as 2 lengths in front of Summer Front and 6-1 Daddy Long Legs. On the far turn Daddy Long Legs gained a short lead through 1 mile in 1:37.63 but tired badly soon after, allowing Summer Front to inherit the lead. Summer Front opened up a 1 1/2 length lead at the 1/8 pole, but Bayrir, 7th early, closed late to win by 1 1/4 lengths over late-running 8-1 Finnegans Wake in 2:02.92. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to Summer Front third, while favorite Silver Max checked in fifth.

 #  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:  2:02.92
Results 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.

Results Chart

On to the Arlington Million won by Little Mike
On to the Beverly D. won by I'm A Dreamer

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