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Jockey James Graham celebrates as Memorial Maniac heads to the winner's circle after the 2010 Stars and Stripes Turf.
There were 2 additional stakes races on Arlington Million day, bookending the three Grade 1 events. Kicking off the stakes action at Arlington Park on Saturday was the $100,000 Stars and Stripes Turf Stakes (G3) for older horses going 1 5/8 miles on the turf. Perfect Shower was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 9, off his runner-up finish in the John's Call at Saratoga. In to challenge him included 3-1 second choice Free Fighter, 8th in the Arlington Handicap (G3) last out, and 4-1 third choice Armstrong Mill, off a second place finish in an allowance at Belmont.
Memorial Maniac closes on the outside in the stretch.
30-1 longshot Rumor Has It went to the lead soon after the start and set early fractions of 49.41, 1:14.02, and 1:41.09 over the good turf course while as many as 10 lengths in front of the rest of the field, led by Free Fighter and Armstrong Mill battling for second. On the far turn for the last time, Rumor Has It tired badly and faded to last, allowing Free Fighter to inherit the lead through 1 1/4 miles in 2:08.28. Free Fighter led to the 1/8 pole, but 8-1 Memorial Maniac, 6th early, came out for room and closed well to win by a neck over 18-1 Lemonade Kid in a new course record time of 2:44.29. It was another 3 1/2 lengths back to Free Fighter third, while favorite Perfect Shower was fourth.
# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Memorial Maniac Graham 18.80 9.00 6.40 3 Lemonade Kid Leparoux 13.80 7.00 8 Free Fighter Torres 4.40 $2 Exacta (2-6) paid 257.20 $0.50 Trifecta (2-6-9) paid 474.45 $0.10 Superfecta (2-6-9-7) paid 235.59 Winning Time: 2:44.29Results Chart
Left: Memorial Maniac returns after the race. The 8-1 fourth choice was unhurried in 6th early, 14 lengths off the pace, then rallied through the stretch to get up by a neck. The Larry Demeritte trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 3 seconds, and 2 thirds in 25 starts, earning $154,445 for owner Butterfly Stable.
Right: Memorial Maniac in the post parade. His jockey James Graham said, "I knew he was capable. He was happy. He went out there and did his job."
Left: Memorial Maniac heads out to the track before the race.
Right: Second place finisher Lemonade Kid in the paddock before the race. The 18-1 sixth choice raced in 5th early, 10 lengths off the pace under new jockey Julien Leparoux, came through late but just missed, beaten a neck for the win. The Anthony Mitchell trainee improved his record to 3 wins, 3 seconds, and 4 thirds in 20 starts, earning $103,080 for owner-breeder Richard Otto Stables Inc.
Left: Third place finisher Free Fighter returns after the race. The 3-1 second choice battled for second for the first 1 1/8 miles under jockey Francisco Torres, took a short lead at the 1/4 pole, but failed to contain the first two. The Chris Block trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 1 second, and 4 thirds in 23 starts, earning $318,831 for owner-breeder Team Block and Thomas Fedro Sr.
Right: Fourth place finisher and beaten favorite Perfect Shower in the post parade. The 11-10 favorite was unhurried in fifth 11 lengths off the pace early under new jockey Ramon Dominguez, came through between horses at the top of the stretch and made mild progress, finishing fourth beaten 4 3/4 lengths. The Roger Attfield trainee has a record of 3 wins, 2 seconds, and 2 thirds in 15 starts, earning $401,282 for owner-breeder Charles Fipke.
Winning trainer Andy Hansen said, "She's a half sister to Quite a Handful, and he closes on the turf like he does, so when he ran for a tag we claimed her and everything worked out."
Left: Inez Karlsson celebrates after winning the the special Jockey Challenge Race on Friday at Arlington Park aboard Saint Leon. Karlsson said, "My horse was running real easy. At the 3/8, I looked back and I could see Earlie coming. He was blowing hard and I didn't know if it was the horse or him (blowing that hard). When I turned for home I asked him, and he took off. It was very exciting to be riding alongside my idols and I hope this is the start of a big weekend for me."
Right: The jockeys for the race and several other retired jockeys pose for a group shot. Some of the big names in the photo include Pat Day, Angel Cordero, Laffit Pincay, Jerry Bailey, Jean Cruget, and Ron Turcotte. The jockeys who competed in the race were: Inez Karlsson, Junior Alvarado, James Graham, Michael Baze, and Jesus Castanon for the Young Guns with Earlie Fires, Otto Thorwarth, Patti Cooksey, Zoe Cadman, and Mark Guidry for the Cagey Veterans. Earlie Fires said, "This is really for a good cause, the charities, the backside and the Chaplain. "It was a lot of fun to do it, and everyone got interested. I was following one of the current jockeys, I figured he knew the pace so I was sitting alongside of him, and then I didn't have enough horse."
On to the Arlington Million won by Debussy
On to the Beverly D. won by Eclair de Lune
On to the Secretariat Stakes won by Paddy O'Prado
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