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Perfect Drift Wins Spiral Stakes

March 23, 2002

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FLORENCE, Ky. (AP) _ Perfect Drift, with a perfectly timed ride by Eddie Delahoussaye, won the $500,000 Lane’s End Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday.

Delahoussaye kept Perfect Drift off the pace until the stretch run, then overtook Azillion and Request for Parole in deep stretch.

Perfect Drift, trained by Murray Johnson, ran 1 1-8 miles in 1:48 4-5 and paid $10.20, $5 and $3.40. Azillion returned $7.80 and $5. Request for Parole was $2.80 to show.

Previously unbeaten Saratoga Blues went off the second favorite and battled Request for Parole for the lead until the top of the stretch and then faded to last in the eight-horse field.

Mike Smith brought Azillion along the rail to challenge Request for Parole at the top of the stretch, and Delahoussaye took Perfect Drift to the outside. The horses were three abreast at the sixteenth pole before Perfect Drift edged ahead.

He was a neck ahead at the wire, and Azillion finished a nose ahead of Request for Parole, the wagering favorite.

Pat Day, who finished third aboard Request for Parole, swept the two listed stakes on the undercard. He won the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes for 3-year-old colts with Mr. Mellon, trained by Elliott Walden, and the $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup for 3-year-old fillies with Colonial Glitter, trained by Paul McGee.

Perfect Drift became the third Kentucky Derby prospect to win after regular rider Tony D’Amico lost the mount.

D’Amico was aboard Perfect Drift for his past four races, including two runner-up finishes to Request for Parole, and was the regular rider on Repent and Harlan’s Holiday.

Jerry Bailey took over Repent and won the Louisiana Derby, and Harlan’s Holiday won the Florida Derby with Edgar Prado.

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