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HORSE RACING: Danza wins Arkansas Derby

on April 13, 2014 1:10 AM

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Danza pulled away on the home stretch to shock a star-packed field in the Arkansas Derby on Saturday, giving trainer Todd Pletcher his second straight victory in the $1 million race.

The colt went off at 40-1 at Oaklawn Park and beat Ride on Curlin by 4ᄒ lengths, running 1 1/8 miles in 1:49.68 in the Kentucky Derby prep.

Ridden by Joe Bravo, Danza earned 100 points in the Kentucky Derby standings.

• LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Dance With Fate charged past Pablo De Monte to win the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes on Saturday at Keeneland and earn major points toward the Kentucky Derby.

Dance With Fate, ridden by Corey Nakatani, earned his first graded stakes victory and 100 points for the Derby.

Horses finish in triple dead-heat

OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) — There was a triple dead-heat for first in a horse race at Evangeline Downs, a finish so rare there have been just six since 1990.

Three horses hit the wire together in the fifth race Friday night at the Louisiana track. The official photograph showed all three horses’ noses touching the wire, so a triple dead-heat was declared by the stewards.

Chessie Slew, a 25-1 long shot, 5-1 shot All in the Art and 8-1 shot Memories of Trina shared the victory in the $15,000, six-furlong claiming race.

The winning trio was just three-quarters of a length ahead of fourth-place finisher Lady Bistineau.

It was the first triple dead-heat at Evangeline Downs. The most recent triple dead-heat was at now-closed Betfair Hollywood Park, when three horses tied for second in December. That Southern California track was also the site of a triple dead-heat for first in 1997.

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