Secretariat entered the Marlboro Cup with a bit of a chip on his shoulder, having to prove that the Whitney defeat was behind him. He was also facing perhaps his greatest competition yet - stablemate Riva Ridge. The race was conceived as a match race between the two, but after both lost their prep races the field was expanded. It was a phenomenal line-up, but no one would touch the Meadow Stud pair. Secretariat set a world record in winning, with Riva Ridge behind him in second.
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2009 Wood Memorial (G1) - I Want Revenge Aqueduct Racetrack I Want Revenge overcame a horrible start, traffic problems and seven other three-year-olds Saturday afternoon to win the 85th running of the Grade 1, $750,000 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Rracetrack by a length and a half over West Side Bernie. In what is certain to be rated as one of the top races of the year, the Stephen Got Even colt thrilled the crowd of 7,209, which had made him the overwhelming favorite, with a demonstration of courage and ability not often seen in horses making their eighth career start. You dont want to see that kind of trouble, and nine out of 10 times they dont overcome it, said winning trainer Jeff Mullins, as I Want Revenge paid $3 for his second victory on dirt. So, for him to do what did today is just unbelievable. He had every trouble you could have in a race and still overcame it. Thats as good as it gets right there. I Want Revenge had showed class on March 7 when he won the Grade 2 Gotham Stakes by more than eight lengths. It was his first start on dirt after going 1-for-6 on the synthetic surfaces in California.
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For a brief second, it looked like Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra might be in for a tough race, but on the far turn jockey Calvin Borel asked his filly for run and with an explosive move she quickly opened up for an authoritative 19 1/4-length win in the Grade 1, $300,000 Mother Goose. The Steve Asmussen-trained daughter of Medaglia dOro shattered two Mother Goose records the margin of victory and final time, 1:46.33. The previous record for time was held by Lakeway (1994, 1:46.40) and the margin belonged to the great Ruffian (13 ½ lengths, 1975). In front of a crowd of 13,352, Malibu Prayer and Flashing dueled through torrid fractions of :22.57 for the quarter and :44.66 for the half while Rachel Alexandra waited patiently three lengths off the lead. As the field moved around the far turn, Borel called on his filly, split horses and made the lead at the top of the stretch. Then under minimal urging from Borel, the bay filly rolled to the easy victory. I cant say enough about Calvin Borels ride, said Asmussen, who saw his star filly pay $2.10 for the $2 win. They took it right to her with 44 and change, the 1/9 shot, and all the pressure in the world. He just let them go about their business and did whats best for her and he needs to keep doing that. Rachel Alexandras record now stands at 9-2-0 in 12 career starts and has rattled off seven straight victories, all stakes races. Her career earnings now stand at $1,798,354. She's a racehorse, this is a racehorse, Borel said. Believe me, she's not normal, I'm telling you, she's unbelievable. I nudged (her) on the turn for home around the quarter pole but that was it. To make sure she'd get something out of it and do something for me. She is, I dont know, like a Secretariat or a Seattle Slew. Ive never been on one like that in my life. Malibu Prayer finished second and Flashing was third. With the late scratches of Dont Forget Gil and Hopeful Image, it left a field of three. We were very pleased with the crowd today, especially the number of girls and women, said Hal Handel, NYRA executive vice president and COO. The cheers that followed Rachel Alexandra from the paddock to the racetrack were thrilling. We would like to thank Mr. Jackson for bringing her to Belmont Park for this historic race.
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They were, perhaps, the greatest rivals in the history of racing.... and this is perhaps their greatest duel. Affirmed's shot at the Triple Crown was on the line and Alydar was determined to make him work for it. In a stirring performance, Affirmed came through. His rider, 18-year-old phenom Steve Cauthen, became the youngest rider to win the Triple Crown Final time: 2:26 3/4 Owner: Harbor View Farms Trainer: Lazaro Barrera Jockey: Steve Cauthen
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It was a battle of the sexes, as the filly Rags to Riches gamely took on eventual Horse of the Year Curlin in the stretch and fought to the wire, emerging with a head victory and becoming the first of her sex to win the Belmont in 102 years. Both Rags to Riches and her half-brother Jazil had the same mother -- Better Than Honour. Final time: 2:28.74 Owner: Michael Tabor Trainer: Todd Pletcher Jockey: John Velazquez
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V. E. Day capped an emotional weekend for trainer Jimmy Jerkens on Saturday, flying down the stretch to catch more heralded stablemate Wicked Strong and win the Grade 1, $1.25 million Travers Stakes by a nose at Saratoga Race Course.
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Justify becomes the 13th Triple Crown winner with the guiding hands of Mike Smith, giving Bob Baffert his second Triple Crown horse in three years.
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People wondered if he could get a 1 ¼ miles and if he could succeed when challenged early. They shouldn't have. With Mike Smith aboard, Jimmy Croll's speedy Holy Bull was challenged early and showed heart late. A late charge by future Breeders' Cup Classic winner Concern, as noted by announcer Tom Durkin, made for one of the most memorable calls in Travers history.
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All trainer Michael Matz wanted was a chance for Union Rags to show what kind of horse he is. Saturday afternoon at Belmont Park, the hard-luck colt got that chance and the result was a thrilling victory over Paynter in the 144th running of the Grade 1, $1 million Belmont Stakes. Coming off a troubled-trip seventh in the Kentucky Derby, Union Rags was brilliantly ridden by new jockey John Velazquez in the 1 ½-mile Belmont, which lost its marquee horse on Friday when Triple Crown hopeful I'll Have Another was retired with an injured tendon. In the Derby and Preakness winner's absence, the crowd of 85,811 -- the largest for a non-Triple Crown Belmont and the sixth-largest in Belmont Park history -- made Derby third-place finisher Dullahan the slight favorite in the "Test of the Champion," with Union Rags a close second choice, also at 5-2.
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This very well might be the story of the year! What a way to comeback after almost two years off for injuries. Rajiv Maragh and the New Jersey bred, Irish War Cry were a magnificent pair in the Wood Memorial, earning them 100 points to the Derby for trainer, Graham Motion.
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As a blossoming two-year-old, every race represents increased expectations, knew challeneges, and more noteworthy platform on which to perform. Secretariat continued to rise to the occasion in the Hopeful, bursting to the lead earlier than he had in prior races. It was an eye-catching performance.
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