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2013 "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day at the Fair Grounds

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Touch Magic wins the 2013 Silverbulletday Stakes
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Touch Magic wins the 2013 Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds.

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The distaff counterpart to the Lecomte is the $125,000 Silverbulletday for 3-year-old fillies also going a mile and 70 yards on the main track. Gal About Town was sent off as the 9-5 favorite in the field of 10, off consecutive 2nd place finishes in the Pocahontas (G2) and Golden Rod (G2) both at Churchill Downs. In to challenge her included 7-2 second choice Touch Magic, second in the Delta Princess (G3) last out, and 4-1 third choice Smitten off her maiden win at Fair Grounds in December.

Jockey Iram Diego sent 153-1 longest shot Afrodita to the front and she set an uncontested pace of 24.10 and 48.02 while 2 lengths ahead of 7-1 Finding More. On the far turn Afrodita tired badly allowing Finding More to inherit the lead through 3/4 in 1:13.56. Entering the lane, favorite Gal About Town, who had stalked the pace in 3rd early, moved up to take the lead, opening up by 2 lengths in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:40.64. Touch Magic, fourth early, closed late to win by 3/4 length in 1:45.00. It was a length back from Gal About Town to late-running Smitten third.

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