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2012 Arkansas Derby


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Master Rick wins the 2012 Northern Spur Stakes
Master Rick wins the 2012 Northern Spur Stakes

Corey Nakatani celebrates as Master Rick wins the 2012 Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn.

© Steve Queen
The $100,000 Northern Spur Stakes featured a field of 5 three-year-olds going 1 mile. Drill was sent off as the 3-5 favorite over 8-5 second choice Explain and 5-1 third choice Master Rick.

Jockey Jon Court sent 21-1 Double Rah Rah to the lead and he set fractions of 24.10 and 48.40 while pressed by Master Rick to his inside. Entering the stretch, Master Rick moved up to take over the lead, getting 3/4 in 1:12.88, and drew off to win by 1 1/4 lengths over favorite Drill in 1:36.73. It was a long 8 lengths back to Explain third.

Results chart from DRF

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