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2012 Yellow Ribbon Handicap


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Native Treasure wins the 2012 I'm Smokin Stakes
Native Treasure wins the the 2012 I'm Smokin Stakes

Native Treasure wins the the 2012 I'm Smokin Stakes at Del Mar

© Kelley Carlson
The first stakes race on Yellow Ribbon Handicap day was the $150,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for California-bred 2-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on Polytrack. Jockey Juan Hernandez set 14-1 Native Treasure to the lead and he set fractions of 22.22 and 45.34 while pressed by 5-2 second choice Strong Wind. Entering the stretch, the lead pair continued through 5/8 in 57.25 before Native Treasure kicked away to win by 1 3/4 lengths in 1:09.69 over late-running 3-1 The Humancomplaint. it was another 1/2 length back to Strong Wind third, while 3-2 favorite Ballard Ruler checked in fourth.

Results Chart from Daily Racing Form

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