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Trappe Shot wins the 2011 True North Handicap
Fabulous Strike wins the 2011 True North Handicap

Trappe Shot wins the 2011 True North Handicap at Belmont Park

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The $250,000 True North Handicap (G2) featured a field of 6 older horses sprinting 6 furlongs on the main track. Waldoboro Stakes winner Trappe Shot was sent off as the 6-5 favorite over the 2-1 entry of Waldoboro runner-up D'Funnybone and Decathlon winner This Ones For Phil, with Calibrachoa the 3-1 third choice off his win in the Tom Fool (G3).

Khan of Khans was quickest away and led by 2 1/2 lengths after 1/4 mile in 22.79 before giving up the lead to Trappe Shot approaching the turn. Trappe Shot got the 1/2 in 45.43 as This Ones For Phil moved up to challenge. However, Trappe Shot turned him away drawing clear by 4 lengths in mid-stretch through 5/8 in 56.91 and finishing up under wraps 8 1/2 lengths in front in 1:08.86 over the muddy track. It was just a neck back to late-running Calibrachoa third.
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