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FALCON FLIGHT WINS STARS AND STRIPES BREEDERS' CUP TURF
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 1, 2001) -- Trainer Donald Burke II broke his maiden by saddling Gary A. Tanaka's Falcon Flight to win the $190,500 Stars And Stripes Breeders' Cup Turf Sunday at Arlington Park.
Burke, a 35-year-old native of Los Angeles, Calif., has been training on his own since February after previously working for trainers Charlie Whittingham and Richard Lundy.
Falcon Flight was ridden by Rene Douglas and covered the mile and a half over firm turf in course record-equaling time of 2:27.86 and paid $8.00, $4.60 and $3.00. The son of Persian Gold sat in the middle of the pack through the first mile of the race. He began to make his move on the final turn, took command inside the final eighth of a mile and drew off under a hand ride.
"I didn't want to lose too much ground early," said Douglas. "I was able to tuck in behind horses and I wanted him to relax. When I was able to do that he relaxed the whole way. I had a perfect trip and had a lot of horse left."
Langston, under jockey Earlie Fires, set the pace in the race through fractions of 24.84 seconds for the opening quarter mile, 50.19 seconds for the half, 1:15.07 for three-quarters of a mile, 1:39.68 for the mile and 2:04.64 for a mile and a quarter before giving way in the final furlong. Langston paid $3.20 and $2.40.
"My horse dug in and really tried," said Earlie Fires, who rode the runner-up. "He ran good. I had it my way the whole time. He just got a little tired at the end."
Defending champion Williams News ran third in the 11-horse race and paid $2.80. Three Wonders, Chorwon, Dixie's Crown, Ivars Big Peaceful, Lonely Place, Al's Dearly Bred, Profit Option and Hesiode completed the order of finish.
"He was very relaxed out of the gate," said Tom Amoss, Williams News' trainer. "If I'd known he was going to be that way my instructions to Mark (jockey Guidry) might have been different. I would have told him to lay closer. The pace got us a little bit, but my tactics to Mark didn't help."
Earlier in the card, W. Dean West's Lil Bobbie Too rallied from just off the pace to win the $45,000 Your Ladyship Handicap by four lengths. Mark Guidry rode the Roger Brueggemann-trained daughter of Storm Boot who covered one mile on a fast main track in 1:39.02 and paid $4.80, $3.20 and $2.80.
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