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2012 Juddmonte Spinster and Bourbon Stakes


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Balance the Books wins the 2012 Bourbon Stakes
Balance the Books wins the 2012 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland

Balance the Books (outside) wins the 2012 Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland over Brown Almighty

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Immediately before the Spinster, a field of 12 two-year-olds went 1 1/16 miles on turf in the $150,000 Bourbon Stakes (G3), a "Win and You're In" qualifier for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf. With Anticipation Stakes (G2) winner Balance the Books was sent off as the 9-10 favorite over 5-1 second choice Brown Almighty, second in the Sunday Silence last out, and 7-1 Sonofasamurai, off his maiden win over the Saratoga turf.

82-1 longest shot Road Agent went to the lead first time by and he set fractions of 23.13, 47.57, and 1:13.40 over the firm course, while stalked by 38-1 Really Sharp. Entering the stretch, Road Agent tired badly allowing Really Sharp to inherit the lead. Balance the Books, last early, closed with a rush and was forced to alter course when Really Sharp bore out, but still prevailed by a nose in 1:45.15. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Brown Almighty third, and 2 more to Sonofasamurai fourth. After a stewards' inquiry, Really Sharp was disqualified from second to sixth for interference, moving Brown Almighty to second and Sonofasamurai to third.

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