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Summer Applause wins the 2012 Rachel Alexandra Stakes
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Summer Applause wins the 2012 Rachel Alexandra Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course

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The distaff counterpart to the Risen Star is the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes (G3) (formerly called the Silverbulletday) for 3-year-old fillies also going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Believe You Can was sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of 6 over 2-1 Table Three Ten and 3-1 Summer Applause. 10-1 Avie's Sense was loose on the lead early, clicking off fractions of 24.16, 47.54, and 1:12.01 while as many as 3 lengths ahead of 5-1 Inny Minnie in second. Avie's Sense continued to lead to the 1/8 pole, but Summer Applause, 4th early, closed late on the outside to win by a length in 1:43.30. It was another 2 1/2 lengths back to Inny Minnie third, while favorite Believe You Can checked in fourth.

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