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2011 Champagne, Frizette, and Jamaica Handicap

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Western Aristocrat winning the 2011 Jamaica Handicap
Western Aristocrat winning the 2011 Jamaica Handicap

Western Aristocrat winning the 2011 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
The $250,000 Jamaica Handicap (G1) for 3-year-olds on the inner turf course may not be a "Win and You're In" event but with the race distance of 1 1/8 miles, these horses could go to either the Breeders' Cup Turf or Breeders' Cup Mile. Saranac Stakes (G3) winner Brilliant Speed was sent off as the 11-10 favorite in the field of 7, over 5-2 second choice Casino Host, fifth in the Secretariat Stakes (G1) last out, and 7-1 third choice Western Aristocrat, in from England where he won the Kempton.co.uk Conditions Stakes on September 15.

Jockey Corey Nakatani sent Western Aristocrat to the lead first time past the stands and he set easy fractions of 26.27, 52.20, 1:16.21, and 1:38.57 over the firm turf, while being stalked by Brilliant Speed the whole way. Entering the stretch, Brilliant Speed moved up alongside to challenge but Western Aristocrat had plenty left in reserve, pulling ahead to prevail by 1 length in 1:50.34. It was another 3/4 length back to Wilkinson third.

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