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2012 Suburban Handicap and Victory Ride Stakes

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Emma's Encore wins the 2012 Victory Ride Stakes
Emma's Encore wins the 2012 Recording Stakes

Emma's Encore wins the 2012 Victory Ride Stakes at Belmont Park

© Vanessa Ng
Immediately before the Suburban, a field of 6 three-year-old fillies sprinted 6 furlongs in the $150,000 Victory Ride Stakes (G3). Agave Kiss, undefeated in 6 career starts including the Cicada (G3), Trevose, and Ms. Preakness so far this year, was sent off as the 3-10 favorite over 6-1 second choice Gypsy Robin, winner of 3 straight including the Beaumont (G2) at Keeneland, and 7-1 third choice Jamaican Smoke, an allowance winner last out and making her stakes debut.

Agave Kiss battled for the lead with Jamaican Smoke for the first 1/4 mile in 21.46 before Jamaican Kiss took over, getting the half in 44.00 while stalked by 11-1 Tu Endie Wei. Entering the stretch, Jamaican Smoke continued to lead through 5/8 in 56.19 as Agave Kiss lost touch with the pace. 39-1 longest shot Emma's Encore, 5th early, closed late to win going away by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:08.89. It was just a neck back from Jamaican Smoke to Tu Endie Wei third, while Agave Kiss checked in 5th beaten 12 1/2 lengths for her first loss.

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