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2010 Belmont Stakes Undercard

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Proviso wins the 2010 Just a Game Stakes
Proviso wins the 2010 Just a Game Stakes

Proviso wins the 2010 Just a Game Stakes at Belmont Park

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $400,000 Just A Game Stakes (G1) featured a field of 6 older fillies and mares going 1 mile on the Widener turf course. Proviso was sent off as the 11-10 favorite off her win in the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita. In to challenge her included 5-2 second choice Phola, winner of three straight including the Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill last out, and the 4-1 third choice consisting of the two-horse Farnsworth Stables entry of Hollywood Wildcat winner Cherokee Queen and Orchid winner Speak Easy Gal.

Speak Easy Gal opened a 1 1/2 length lead on the backstretch through fractions of 24.54 and 48.21 with favorite Proviso stalking her in second. Speak Easy Gal continued to lead into the stretch through 3/4 in 1:11.36. Proviso moved up to challenge, passing the tiring pacesetter at the 1/8 pole and was all-out to hold off late-running Phola by 1/2 a length to get the win in 1:34.09. It was just a neck back to My Princess Jess third.
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