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Persistently wins the 2010 Personal Ensign Stakes
Persistently wins the 2010 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga

Persistently wins the 2010 Personal Ensign Stakes at Saratoga over Rachel Alexandra

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
August 29, 2010

Travers Stakes weekend closed out on Sunday with the $300,000 Personal Ensign Stakes (G1) for fillies and mares going 1 1/4 miles on the main track. 23,327 fans were on hand to see 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra attempt the distance for the first time, sent off as the 2-5 choice in the field of 5 off two straight wins in the Fleur de Lis (G2) at Churchill Downs and the Lady's Secret at Monmouth, after losing her first two starts of 2010. In to challenge her included 9-5 second choice Life at Ten, winner of 6 in a row, the last 5 in stakes company. including the Ogden Phipps (G1) and Delaware Handicap (G2), and 9-1 third choice Miss Singhsix, runner-up in the Delaware Handicap after winning the Obeah Stakes (G3), both at Delaware Park.

Rachel Alexandra and Life at Ten engaged in a pace duel immediately, with Calvin Borel and the favorite taking the inside and John Velazquez aboard Life at Ten to her outside and 1/2 a length behind. The pair opened up 14 lengths on the rest of the field through fractions of 23.66, 47.73, and 1:12.02 over the fast track. Life at Ten tired on the far turn allowing Rachel Alexandra to lead into the stretch through a mile in 1:37.54, opening up a 3 1/2 length lead on Persistently in mid-stretch. Persistently steadily closed on Rachel Alexandra, and in the final strides, passed the favorite to win by 1 length in 2:04.49. It was a long 10 1/4 lengths back to Life at Ten third.

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Also check out Saturday's races: The Travers (G1) and King's Bishop Stakes (G1) plus Ballerina Stakes (G1), Ballston Spa Handicap (G2), and Victory Ride Stakes (G3)

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