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Plum Pretty wins the 2012 Apple Blossom Handicap
Plum Pretty wins the 2012 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn

Plum Pretty wins the 2012 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn

© Steve Queen
April 15, 2012

The $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap (G1) is the major race for older fillies and mares at Oaklawn Park. Just five went to post on Friday afternoon, with Plum Pretty sent off as the 1-2 favorite, unraced since finishing a distant sixth in the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (G1). In to challenge her included 2-1 second choice Tiz Miz Sue, off her win in the Azeri Stakes (G3), the major local prep for this event, and 15-2 third choice Absinthe Minded, fourth in the Azeri after winning the Bayakoa and the Pippin.

Jockey Calvin Borel sent 9-1 Twelve Twenty Two to the lead first time past the stands and she set fractions of 23.89 and 47.54 while stalked by Plum Pretty to her outside. On the turn, Plum Pretty took over the lead through 3/4 in 1:11.73, with Absinthe Minded moving up to challenge as Twelve Twenty Two tired and dropped back. Through the stretch, Plum Pretty opened up on the field, and cruised past the post 2 1/4 lengths in front of Absinthe Minded in 1:42.64 over the fast track. It was just a neck back to late-runnng Tiz Miz Sue third.

Results chart from DRF

Also this weekend at Oaklawn: the Arkansas Derby (G1) won by Bodemeister and the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) won by Alternation.

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