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2012 Metropolitan Handicap

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Better Lucky wins the 2012 Sands Point Stakes
Better Lucky wins the 2012 Sands Point Stakes

Better Lucky (center) wins the 2012 Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park over Regalo Mia (outside) and Zultanite

© Vanessa Ng
May 28, 2012

Kicking off the Memorial Day stakes action, a field of 8 three-year-old fillies went 1 1/16 miles on the inner turf in the $200,000 Sands Point Stakes (G2). Somali Lemonade was sent off as the 4-5 favorite off her second place finish in the Appalachian (G3) at Keeneland. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Regalo Mia, third in the Appalachian (G3), and 11-2 third choice Firehouse Red, second in the Edgewood last out.

9-1 Preach Tome Daddy went to the lead immediately and set slow fractions of 25.80, 49.74, and 1:13.29 over the firm turf, while stalked by 24-1 Zultanite and 8-1 Better Lucky. Turning for home, Preach Tome Daddy tired allowing Zultanite to inherit the lead, getting 1 mile in 1:36.66, but Better Lucky and late-running Regalo Mia were quickly closing on her. The three hit the line together, as Better Lucky nosed out Regalo Mio for the win in 1:42.75. It was another neck back to Zultanite third.

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