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Heckofaralph Wins Calder Feature

December 26, 1997

MIAMI (AP) _ Heckofaralph, a 15-1 shot, used his speed and post position to win Friday in the $100,000 Kenny Noe, Jr. Handicap at Calder.

Irish Conquest was second at 11-1 with the 3-2 favorite, Oro De Mexico, third in a field of 11 horses going 7 furlongs.

Ridden by Jose Velez, Jr., Heckofaralph held off Irish Conquest by three-quarters of a length.

The winner was timed in 1:25 3-5, and paid $32.20, $13.40 and $5.40. Irish Conquest paid $12.40 and $5. Oro De Mexico paid $2.60 to show

Heckofaralph got the lead on the rail after breaking sharply from the No. 1 post. He led by a length at the half-mile pole and hung on the rest of the way.

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