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I’m the Tiger Wins De Francis Dash

November 20, 2005

LAUREL, Md. (AP) _ I’m the Tiger went wire-to-wire Saturday in the $300,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash.

The 5-year-old gelding, ridden by Jerry Bailey, covered six furlongs in 1:09.06 and paid $8.40, $4.80 and $3.60.

``I should have won it last year (with Midas Eyes),″ trainer Bobby Frankel said of the De Francis, one of only five open Grade 1, six-furlong sprints in the country.

I’m the Tiger, one of 50 horses trained by Hall of Famer Frankel and owned by Magna Entertainment chairman Frank Stronach, raced primarily in Canada before being transferred to Belmont Park. He finished second in a stakes race at Saratoga in August and fifth in the Grade 1 Vosburgh on Oct. 1 at Belmont.

Tiger Heat returned $4.20 and $3, and Clever Electrician paid $11.60.

The race was the highlight of the Fall Festival of Racing at Laurel Park, a card with eight stakes races and total purses worth $981,000.

In the $125,000 Laurel Futurity, Barbaro turned in a performance suggesting he is among the top 2-year-old grass horses in the country, beating a 12-horse field by eight lengths to win the 1 1/16 mile race under jockey Jose Caraballo in 1:40.17.

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