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Hawthorne Racecourse Stakes Results

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"SPY" WHO CAME IN FROM THE CLOUDS

Late-running Paddy's Spy, a 25-1 outsider, drove through an opening along the rail and went on to score a four and a half length victory in Saturday's $100,000 High Alexander Stakes.

"Spy," who trailed the field early, had a dream trip along the fence. Jockey Jesse Campbell felt all the pieces feel in place to allow him to win this race. "I'll tell you what this horse is. He's one of those horses that runs every time. Sometimes he gets lucky. This was one of those times. He's a hard knocking horse. I won a stakes on him when Moises Yanez had him the same way. We walked out of the gate, trailed the field, then just wore them down. They stopped and he was still running. I couldn't ask for a better trip. I got through the whole way. It was great when the rail opened up for us. I just rode along the fence the whole way."

Spanish Hall, coming off a layoff that lasted almost six months, tried hard but probably would have benefited from a prep race.

"He was a little bit short," according to jockey Larry Sterling Jr. "A mile and a sixteenth after a six-month layoff was a little too much. He made a great move coming out of the turn. I really thought I had only had to beat Cane Ridge. I didn't really consider Paddy's Spy. I was only worried about the horses on the outside. When I finally saw him sneaking through along the fence I knew it was trouble. That horse ran a super race. But I really can't complain about the way I finished. My horse ran well."

Paddy's Spy covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:47.00 after fractions of 24.61; 48.50; 1:13.53; and 1:40.32.

Paddy's Spy paid $52.00, $17.60, $10.60; Spanish Hall $3.40, $2.80; and Cane Ridge $4.60. The $2 11-1 Exacta $229.00; the $2 11-1-9 Trifecta $1,462.60; and the $2 11-1-9-2 Superfecta $6,620.40.

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