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2007 W.L. McKnight and La Prevoyante Handicaps


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Presious Passion wins the 2007 W.L. McKnight Handicap
Presious Passion wins the 2007 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Calder Race Course

Presious Passion wins the 2007 W.L. McKnight Handicap at Calder Race Course

© Vanessa Ng
December 15, 2007

"Grand Slam II" at Calder Race Course consisted of four graded stakes races on Saturday afternoon, two on the main track and two on the turf course. Conditions were ideal, with temperatures in the 80's and cloudy skies. The most prestigious race on the card was the $200,000 W.L. McKnight Handicap (G2), a 1 1/2 mile trip around 3 turns of the turf course. Canadian International fourth place finisher Stream of Gold was the 3-2 favorite over Bonnie Heath Turf Cup winner Revved Up at 7-2 and Calder Derby winner Soldier's Dancer at 9-2.

Kiss the Kid led the field most of the way around, getting fractions of 48.79, 1:13.38, and 1:38.36 while being stalked by Bob's Proud Moment and Presious Passion. Entering the stretch, jockey Mario Madrid asked Kiss the Kid to open up and he did, pulling away by 2 1/2 lengths. However, stalker Presious Passion moved out three wide for room and kicked into gear, taking over the lead with less than a furlong to go. Favorite Stream of Gold, sixth in the early stages, put in a rally of his own but Presious Passion easily held him off by 1 1/4 lengths in 2:26.13 over the turf course rated "good". It was another 1/2 length back to pacesetter Kiss the Kid third.
Results chart

Also on the card were the Fred W. Hooper and Kenny Noe Jr. Handicaps

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