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2010 Carter and Excelsior Handicaps

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Goldsville wins the 2010 Excelsior Handicap
Goldsville wins the 2010 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct

Goldsville (outside) wins the 2010 Excelsior Handicap at Aqueduct over Nite Light and Seniors Pride

Vanessa Ng
The $200,000 Excelsior Stakes (G3) features older horses going 1 1/8 miles on the main track. Nite Light was sent off as the 7-5 favorite in the field of 5, off a third place finish in the Stymie in March and winless since September. In to challenge him included 3-2 second choice Goldsville, an allowance winner last out after finishing fifth in the San Pasqual Handicap at Santa Anita, and 9-2 third choice More Than a Reason, an allowance winner last out after finishing 5th in the Stymie.

Jockey Channing Hill sent Seniors Pride to the lead early and he set early fractions of 24.35, 49.20, and 1:13.79 while a length in front of Goldsville stalking him in second. Entering the stretch, Goldsville surged to the front getting 1 mile in 1:38.07. Nite Light, who raced in third early, came through along the rail, but Goldsville edged clear late to win by 3/4 length in 1:51.43. It was just a neck back from Nite Light to Seniors Pride third, and another neck to More Than A Reason fourth.

Results chart from DRF

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