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2011 Beldame and Vosburgh Stakes

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Havre de Grace wins the 2011 Beldame Stakes
Havre de Grace wins the 2011 Beldame Stakes

Havre de Grace wins the 2011 Beldame Stakes at Belmont Park

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
October 1, 2011

The $350,000 Beldame Invitational Stakes (G1) is one of the major preps for the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic, contested at 1 1/8 miles around one turn of the Belmont main track. A short field of just 5 older fillies and mares went to post, with Havre de Grace sent off as the 2-5 favorite over her victory against males in the Woodward Stakes (G1) at Saratoga. In to challenge her included 2-1 second choice Royal Delta, winner of the Alabama Stakes (G1) last out, and 6-1 third choice Life at Ten, off her distant third place finish in the Delaware Handicap (G2).

Life at Ten went to the lead exiting the chute and she set quick early fractions of 23.53, 46.41, and 1:10.69 while as many as 4 lengths in front of Havre de Grace and Royal Delta. On the turn, jockey Ramon Dominguez asked Havre de Grace for run and the favorite obliged, running right by the pacesetter at the 5/16 pole and opening up a 5 1/2 length lead in mid-stretch through 1 mile in 1:36.14. Royal Delta left the rest of the field behind her but was no match for Havre de Grace who finished up under wraps 8 1/4 lengths ahead in 1:49.39 over the muddy track. It was a long 5 3/4 lengths from Royal Delta to Satans Quick Chick third.

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Also on the card were the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the Kelso Handicap, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic, and the Flower Bowl Invitational.

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