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Startac Wins $400,000 Secretariat

August 18, 2001

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) _ Startac came from far back to nip Strut the Stage in a photo finish Saturday to win the $400,000 Grade I Secretariat Stakes at Arlington Park.

Startac, unraced since finishing 10th in the Kentucky Derby, was next to last in the field of 12 just before the turn for home and roared to the front to battle Strut the Stage in the final yards. The winner covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:04.91 and paid $24.40, $8.80 and $6.20.

``He came out of the Kentucky Derby in great shape, and I felt really comfortable with him coming into the race,″ winning trainer Simon Bray said.

Strut the Stage returned $6.40 and $4.40. Sharp Performance was third in the field of 3-year-olds and paid $3.60.

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