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BRIGHT VALOUR REPEATS AS HANSHIN CUP HERO
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (July 7, 2001) -- Last year, Bright Valour was adjudged the winner of the Grade III $100,000 Hanshin Cup following the post-race disqualification of original first-place finisher Yankee Victor. This year, the Lazy Lane Farms, Inc. colorbearer earned the victory on his own merits, using a rail-skimming trip to rally for a three-quarters of a length victory in the one-mile race. Robby Albarado rode the son of Wild Again, who covered the distance over a muddy track in 1:36.21.
The victory, his eighth in 15 starts, was worth $60,000 and boosted his career earnings to $310,755.
Albarado was content to keep Bright Valour off a contentious early pace that saw Fan The Flame and Tic N Tin battling through fractions of 22.48 seconds for the opening quarter mile, a half-mile split of 44.69 seconds and three-quarters of a mile in 1:09.94. Albarado moved his charge up the rail on the turn, found room along the rail turning for home and held off the late challenge of Apt to Be to prevail.
"The pace was a big factor today," Albarado said. "Al and I talked about it and we thought it was to our benefit. He's a great colt and Al's done an exceptional job with him. He's not a horse that (normally) goes on the inside. He prefers to go around horses. I had a ton of horse and I felt if I could squeeze through there he could carry me home and he did."
Apt to Be was a clear second, 1 ¾ lengths ahead of third-place finisher Castlewood. They were followed through the finish line by Tic N Tin, Rocky Robyn, A'fire and Fan the Flame.
Globalize was pulled up on the turn. His jockey Ray Sibille indicated that the son of Summer Squall bled.
"We moved with the winner," said jockey Eusebio Razo Jr. "We both moved at the same time but I had to go around a couple of horses. It definitely cost me some ground. He tried really hard but just couldn't get there."
Sent off as the 17-10 favorite, Bright Valour paid $5.40, $3.20 and $2.80. Apt to Be returned $5.00 and $4.20. Castlewood paid $8.00.
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