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2012 Alcibiades and Phoenix Stakes

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Spring in the Air in winner's circle
Spring in the Air in the winner's circle after the 2012 Darley Alcibiades Stakes

Spring in the Air in the winner's circle after the 2012 Darley Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland

© Steve Queen
Winning trainer Mark Casse said, "I went to Patrick (Husbands) before the race and said, ‘What do you think,' and he said, ‘It's just a matter of how far.' He rode her confidently -- scared the hell out of me. She's just pure class. A lot of the other fillies were getting upset in the paddock but it didn't bother her at all. Patrick has ridden almost 1,000 winners for me. He had a ton of confidence in her and rode her like he did. It took that (confidence) to let her drop back that far and then make a run. She's got a pretty good surge to her when you hit the gas."

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