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I Ain’t Bluffing Wins Milady Cup

May 31, 1998

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ After one contender lost a rider at the gate, I Ain’t Bluffing led from start to finish to win the $264,400 Milady Breeders’ Cup by a length Saturday at Hollywood Park.

I Ain’t Bluffing covered 1 1-16 miles over a fast track in 1:42.

Carrying Chris McCarron and high weight of 120 pounds, the 4-year-old Louisiana-bred led the field of five in the Grade I handicap for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. Fleet Lady was second, a head in front of 7-year-old Real Connection.

Belle’s Flag lost her rider, Corey Nakatani, when she stumbled at the start and did not finish. Nakatani was not seriously injured and was expected to ride Sunday.

``My only concern was that the loose filly might get in our way, but she didn’t,″ McCarron said.

Garrett Gomez, who rode Fleet Lady, said he was sorry to see Belle’s Flag eliminated so early.

``I wish Belle’s Flag wouldn’t have fell on her head because it would have given my horse a little bit more pace to run at,″ Gomez said.

I Ain’t Bluffing, a daughter of Pine Bluff, won $158,640 with the victory to raise her career earnings to $421,689. She has won seven of 12 starts and is undefeated in two starts at Hollywood Park. The winner paid $3.80, $2.40 and $2.20.

Fleet Lady returned $2.40 and $2.40, while Real Connection paid $3.60 to show.

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