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2009 Ruffian Handicap and Garden City Stakes


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Second place finisher Seventh Street
Second place finisher Seventh Street

Second place finisher and beaten favorite Seventh Street enteres the paddock before the 2009 Ruffian Handicap at Belmont Park

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Jockey Rajiv Maragh said, "My filly broke good. I was real happy going down the backstretch, she was running a fair pace around there and I thought she would win from there, but the other filly just wore her down in the end. Visually, it looked like she had no excuses in the race. She had a pretty clear trip and the best chance of winning, but it happens. You can't win every day, right?"

Rick Mettee, assistant to trainer Saeed bin Suroor added, "She was second-best today. They were going quick enough out there and (Swift Temper) was always traveling a little better than (Seventh Street). Still, 1:40 3/5 over that track is pretty good."

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