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Del Park Valour Arabian Stakes Gr 2
article courtesy Stephanie Courm/EARA
Bill Waldron's entry of Sanddpiper and Grilla went postward as the favorite in the $45,000 Valour Farms Arabian S. (G2) at Delaware Park on July 21. The pair faced 5 other challengers in the 1 1/16 mile race. At the start, it was Grilla and Ms Dixie who sprinted to the front. Grilla drifted wide and took the two of them out to the middle of the track, and they hooked into a spirited speed dual around the first turn. It was four lengths back to Sanddpiper in third.
Going around the bend, So Big Is Better ran right on by Sanddpiper. Grilla was trying to hang on, but Ovour The Top was making a rally that had started from last place
Hot Arabian jockey Gregorio Rivera kept So Big Is Better to task and he drew clear to win by an easy 2 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:58.38.
file photo SoBig Is Better winning 2011 Ca Global Festival stake Alameda Cnty Fair (r)
Sanddpiper was second best, seven lengths in front of Ovour The Top. The first three were followed across the line by Grilla, Valiant Boy SBFAR, Born To Boogie MC and Ms Dixie.