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2012 Whitney Handicap and Prioress Stakes

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Emma's Encore wins the 2012 Prioress Stakes
Emma's Encore wins the 2012 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga

Emma's Encore (outside) wins the 2012 Prioress Stakes at Saratoga over Judy the Beauty

© Vanessa Ng
August 6, 2012

Immediately before the Whitney, a field of 6 three-year-old fillies contested the $300,000 Prioress Stakes (G1), a 6 furlong main track sprint. Ms. Preakness Stakes winner Agave Kiss was sent off as the 9-10 favorite in the field of 6 off her disappointing 5th in the Victory Ride (G3) at Belmont Park, over 3-1 second choice Judy the Beauty, second in an allowance at Churchill last out, and 5-1 third choice Emma's Encore, winner of the Victory Ride.

Jockey Ramon Dominguez sent favorite Agave Kiss to the lead down the backstretch and she set fractions of 22.15 and 44.64 while as many as 2 lengths in front of Judy the Beauty and 11-2 fourth choice Tu Endie Wei stalking her in second and third. Agave Kiss led to the 1/8 pole through 5 furlongs in 56.63, but Emma's Encore, last early, and Judy the Beauty passed the favorite at the 1/16 pole and hit the line together, with Emma's Encore holding off Judy the Beauty by a nose in 1:09.35. It was another 1 3/4 lengths back to Agave Kiss third.

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