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2012 Pennsylvania Derby and Gallant Bob Stakes


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Well Spelled wins the 2012 Gallant Bob Stakes
Well Spelled wins the 2012 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing horse racing

Well Spelled wins the 2012 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing

© Vanessa Ng
September 22, 2012

The second stakes race on Saturday was the $300,000 Gallant Bob Stakes for 3-year-olds sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. Amsterdam (G2) winner Currency Swap was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 8 over 2-1 Trinniberg, 9th in the King's Bishop (G1) last out, and 9-2 third choice Laurie's Rocket, fifth in the King's Bishop.

33-1 longest shot Private Zone battled for the lead with 5-1 fourth chice Il Villano down the backstretch and around the turn through fractions of 21.41 and 43.95, with Trinniberg stalking them in third. Into the lane, Trinniberg took over the lead through 5/8 in 56.46, but 15-1 Well Spelled, last early, closed with a rush to win by 1/2 a length in 1:09.88. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back to Private Zone third, while favorite Currency Swap was seventh.

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