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2011 Champagne, Frizette, and Jamaica Handicap

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Western Aristocrat heads to the winner's circle
Western Aristocrat heads to the winner's circle

Western Aristocrat heads takes his walk down Victory Lane led by Tom Ludt of winning owner Vinery Stables after the 2011 Jamaica Handicap at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
Tom Ludt of winning owner Vinery Stables said, "He's done very well. Jeremy (trainer Noseda) gets all of our European horses but he used to train in America, and he said to me, 'Tom, I think this horse will really blossom in America,' so that was the plan. If he thinks they fit over here, he lets them come back. I love him for that. As long as he ran well - and he proved he did that - we really don't have a short-term plan. We'll keep him here (with Steve Asmussen). He'll definitely keep racing; he's been sound. We'll consider the Breeders' Cup Mile, but we'll let the horse tell us."

Jockey Corey Nakatani added, "The plan was to keep him happy, wherever he was comfortable. I really didn't want to be on the lead, but we found ourselves up on the lead because there was no pace. It actually turned out for the better because he's able to do what he's able to do, and when I called on him he cut and re-broke and ran a big race."

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