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2009 Alfred G. Vanderbilt and Honorable Miss Handicaps

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Fabulous Strike wins the 2009 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap
Fabulous Strike wins the 2009 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga

Fabulous Strike wins the 2009 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
August 9, 2009

The older sprinters highlighted the Sunday card at Saratoga on Whitney weekend. Dark clouds and showers were the order of the day with temperatures in the low 70's. The $250,000 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Handicap (G2) features some of the best older male sprinters of the east going 6 furlongs on the main track. As expected Fabulous Strike was sent off as the even-money favorite exiting a win in the True North Handicap at Belmont. In to challenge him included Donald LeVine Memorial Handicap winner Kodiak Kowboy at 3-1 and Smile Sprint runner-up Benny the Bull at 7-2.

Go Go Shoot sprinted clear along the inside under jockey John Velazquez and he set fractions of 22.03 and 44.52 while a length in front of Fabulous Strike in second. Go Go Shoot continued to lead to mid-stretch, but Fabulous Strike found another gear late to pass the pacesetter late to win by a length in 1:08.69 over the fast track. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to late-running Kodiak Kowboy third.

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