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Spring in the Air wins the 2012 Darley Alcibiades Stakes
Spring in the Air wins the 2012 Darley Alcibiades Stakes

Spring in the Air wins the 2012 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland

© Steve Queen
October 6, 2012

The feature race on Opening Day of the Keeneland fall meet is the $400,000 Darley Alcibiades Stakes (G1), a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies. A full field of 14 went 1 1/16 miles, one full lap of the Polytrack on Friday afternoon, with Natalma Stakes (G2) runner-up Spring in the Air sent off as the lukewarm 4-1 favorite. In to challenge her included 9-2 second choice Magical Moon, a maiden winner by 10 lengths at Saratoga, and 5-1 third choice Kitten's Dumplings, fourth in the Natalma last out.

Jockey Jeffrey Sanchez sent 25-1 La Song to the lead immediately and she set fractions of 22.98, 47.13, and 1:37.81 while pressed by 10-1 Speedinthruthecity and Magical Moon. Entering the stretch, La Song tired allowing Magical Moon to inherit the lead, getting the mile in 1:37.81, but Spring in the Air, last out of the gate and 10th early, closed on the far outside to win by 1 length in 1:44.33. It was another 2 lengths back to Magical Moon third.

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