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2012 Brooklyn Handicap and Jaipur Stakes

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Upgrade wins the 2012 Jaipur Stakes
Upgrade wins the 2012 Jaipur Stakes

Upgrade wins the 2012 Jaipur Stakes at Belmont Park

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Just before the Brooklyn, a short field of only 6 turf sprinters went 7 furlongs on the Widener turf in the $150,000 Jaipur Stakes (G3). Bergerac was sent off as the 1.65-1 favorite, coming off a second place finish in the Commonwealth Turf Handicap (G2) at Keeneland. In to challenge him included 1.85-1 second choice Right One, third in the Commonwealth last out and winner of the Jaipur last year, and 5-1 third choice Upgrade, off a fifth place finish in the Fort Marcy (G3).

Upgrade, a 5-year-old gelding from the lone crop of 2005 Horse of the Year Saint Liam, found an open path at the top of the lane and won the seven-furlong turf sprint by three-quarters of a length over 2011 Jaipur winner Right One. Owned by Dennis Narlinger and ridden by John Velazquez, Upgrade won for the second time in two starts since being transferred into the barn of trainer Michelle Nihei. Upgrade ran the Jaipur in 1:21.25 seconds on a firm turf course and paid $12 for a $2 win bet as the 5-1 third choice in the field of six.
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