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2008 Lane's End Stakes Day

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Mitigation wins the 2008 Hansel Stakes
Mitigation wins the 2008 Hansel Stakes at Turfway Park

Mitigation wins the 2008 Hansel Stakes at Turfway Park

© Terence Dulay
The $50,000 Hansel Stakes featured a field of seven 3-year-olds sprint 6 furlongs on the Polytrack. Mitigation sat third behind pacesetter Little Nick down the backstretch through a quarter in 22.21, then challenged for the lead out 5 wide, taking over at the top of the lane. Through the stretch, U.S. Cavalry put in a rally but was no match for Mitigation, who drew off to a 3 1/4 length win in 1:10.03. It was just a head back to favorite Stormin Yank third.
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Winning jockey Orlando Mojica said, "The trainer told me, 'You've ridden him twice already, so you know what to do.' When I saw two horses going head to head, I asked him to relax and get behind them and when we turned for home I told him to go and he went."

Trainer Paul McGee added, "He was very impressive, won easier than I thought he would. He's three for three since having been gelded and the addition of blinkers. Orlando told me he thought he'd be stalking the leaders. As it turns out, he was right. We figured to be laying where we were and it panned out perfectly. We'll find something at Keeneland for him next."

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