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Unlimited Budget wins the 2013 Rachel Alexandra Stakes
Mark Valeski

Unlimited Budget wins the 2013 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. Demoiselle (G2) winner Unlimited Budget was sent off as the 3-2 favorite in the field of 10 over 2-1 second choice Dancinginthecircle, winner of the By The Light Stakes, and 5-1 third choice Midnight Ballet, fifth in the Hollywood Starlet (G1).

Jockey Terry Thompson sent Dancinginthecircle to a clear lead through fractions of 22.88, 46.40, and 1:12.32 while as many as 4 lengths in front of 16-1 Daddy's Song. Entering the stretch, Unlimited Budget, 5th early, easily passed the pacesetter and drew off to win by 3 3/4 lengths over late-running 20-1 Promise Me More in 1:45.38. It was another 4 lengths back to 12-1 Blue Violet third.

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