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2012 Alcibiades and Phoenix Stakes

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Sum of the Parts wins the 2012 Phoenix Stakes
Sum of the Parts wins the 2012 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland

Sum of the Parts wins the 2012 Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland over Noble's Promise

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The first stakes race of the meet is the $175,000 Stoll Keenon Ogden Phoenix Stakes (G3) at 6 furlongs on the Polytrack, and a Breeders' Cup "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Sprint. Doctor Chit was sent off as the 8-5 favorite in the field of 10 off a fourth place finish in the King's Bishop (G1) at Saratoga. Aikenite was the 7-2 second choice, unraced since finishing fourth in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint, over 9-2 third choice Sum of the Parts, second in the Groovy Stakes at Belmont after winning the Red Legend at Charles Town.

Jockey Julien Leparoux sent Sum of the Parts to the lead exiting the chute and he set quick fractions fo 22.75 and 46.04 while pressed by Doctor Chit to his inside. At the 3/16 pole Sum of the Parts began to draw off from the tiring Doctor Chit, getting 5/8 in 57.55. 10-1 Noble's Promise, 5th early, rallied between horses but Sum of the Parts easily held him off by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:09.88. It was just a head back to 16-1 Laurie's Rocket third, while favorite Doctor Chit checked in fifth.

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