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Skyring Upsets the Dixie H.
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11th at PIMGII Dixie S. ($300,000)  [1 1/8m (T)]Winner: Skyring, c, 4 by English Channel
Saturday, Pimlico
DIXIE S.-GII, $300,000, PIM, 5-18, 3yo/up, 1 1/8mT, 1:47 4/5, fm.
1--@SKYRING, 118, c, 4, by English Channel
1st Dam: Violet Lady, by Seattle Slew
2nd Dam: Top Corsage, by Topsider
3rd Dam: Corsage, by Native Royalty
O-Calumet Farm; B-Bluegrass Hall LLC (KY); T-D Wayne Lukas; J-Gary L Stevens. $180,000. Lifetime Record: 20-4-3-2, $424,148.*1/2 to Greenspring (Orientate), GSW, $205,780; Caballero Negro (Formal Gold), SW & GSP, $169,415.
Werk Nick Rating: A+. Click for the eNicks report & 5-cross pedigree.

2--Willcox Inn, 118, h, 5, Harlan’s Holiday--De Aar, by Gone West. ($50,000 yrl '09 FTKJUL). O-Lael Stable & All In Stable; B-Dr John A Chandler (KY); T-Michael Stidham. $60,000.

3--Optimizer, 122, c, 4, English Channel--Indy Pick, by A.P. Indy. O-Calumet Farm; B-Bluegrass Hall LLC (KY); T-D Wayne Lukas. $30,000.
Margins: HF, HD, 3/4. Odds: 24.20, 5.50, 3.10.
Also Ran: Howe Great, Two Months Rent, See Tobe, Swift Warrior, Doubles Partner, Forte Dei Marmi (GB), Imagining, Humble and Hungry. Scratched: Thunder Lord, Utley.
Click for the brisnet.com chart, the brisnet.com PPs or the free brisnet.com catalogue-style pedigree. VIDEO.
   In what would prove a harbinger of things to come, a colt owned and bred by Brad Kelley, ridden by Gary Stevens and trained by D. Wayne Lukas wired the field at longshot odds, in this case Skyring in the Dixie S. Winner of the James W. Murphy S. on last year’s Preakness undercard, the homebred had kept busy since, with no fewer than 11 starts with nary another victory, though several near misses. Third by a neck in the GIII American Derby in July, he was beaten a half-length into second by Unbridled Command (Master Command) in the GIII Saranac S. at Saratoga in September and was third at 50-1 against elder rivals in the GIII River City H. Nov. 25. He took a break from grass racing while wintering at Oaklawn Park and was narrowly beaten in the Jan. 11 Fifth Season S. before a fifth in the Essex H. Feb. 2. He was thrown to the wolves against Horse of the Year Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry) in the GI Maker’s 46 Mile and attended an easy pace before weakening to fourth. The less-preferred half of an uncoupled entry, Skyring was ridden for speed by Stevens and took them along at an even clip, as his stable companion Optimizer rated in the perfect spot back in third. Nursed along by the Hall of Fame rider through the middle stages, Skyring was asked to kick turning for home, dug in gamely in the final furlong and staved off late rallies from Willcox Inn and Optimizer for his first graded-stakes victory.

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