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Spanish Hall wins High Alexander

Spanish Hall closed to win the High Alexander by three-quarters of a length, collaring betting favorite Classic Appeal. Mister Volare was up for third.

Spanish Hall fell before the race. "He apparently wanted to wake me up! After I got back on him, he was fine," said winning jockey Larry Sterling Jr.

"Going down the backside, he was placed perfectly. Into the turn, everything was going well and I saw the other horse (Classic Appeal) come up next to me, but he was very game. He's been running in those optional claimers, but those were very good horses he was facing and he just went about his business today."

Favorite Classic Appeal briefly took the lead in the stretch, but couldn't hold on. "He ran a big race. He's a 3-year-old in against older horses," said jockey Carlos Silva. "He's had a really hard year this year. We were really disappointed with his last race. We still don't know what happened. I felt very bad for Richard (Hazelton)."

Mister Volare stumbled at the start. Jockey Chris Emigh explained, "He blew his nose, cleared his throat, and put his head down just when they popped the gate. He just fell out of the gate. I guess it was just that one split second of being unlucky. We would have been a bit closer early I think. It might have made the difference."

The win was Sterling's third for the day, giving him 40 for the meet. He's in third place behind Zoe Cadman with 41, and Chris Emigh with 45.


Photo of Spanish Hall winning the High Alexander

Equibase charts for Hawthorne



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