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2011 Breeders' Cup World Championships Friday

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Perfect Shirl wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf
Perfect Shirl wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf

Perfect Shirl wins the 2011 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
A field of 11 older fillies and mares went 1 3/8 miles on the turf in the $2 million Emirates Airline Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1). Flower Bowl Invitational (G1) winner Stacelita was the 9-5 favorite over undefeated 3-1 Nahrain, winner of the Prix de l'Opera (G1) last out, and 5-1 Misty for Me, third in the Matron Stakes (G1) in Ireland.

9-1 Dubawi Heights led the field through fractions of 25.44, 51.07, and 1:16.90 over "good" turf while stalked by 56-1 Dynaslew. On the far turn the last time, Dynaslew briefly led through 1 mile in 1:41.72 before tiring to finish last. Nahrain moved to to lead late but Perfect Shirl came through to win by 3/4 length in 2:18.62. It was a nose back to Misty for Me third.
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