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'St. Louis' Posts Meafara Upset
William Stiritz' St. Louis City surprisingly took the lead right from the start and never relinquished that advantage in Saturday's $66,400 Meafara Stakes. The 18-1 outsider reported home a 2 ½-length winner under jockey Robby Albarado.
"She didn't feel like an 18-1 shot and she didn't run like an 18-1 shot," Albarado said. "She got aggressive leaving there. I didn't anticipate being on the lead but fortunately I was. She ran well within herself. She finished up real nice and ran on to the wire."
The Scott Becker-trained daughter of City Place sprinted through fractions of 22.31 seconds and 45.05 seconds en route to a final clocking of 1:17.17 to record her first win in three starts this year. She picked up $39,060 for Saturday's victory to more than double her bankroll to $70,907 while improving her overall record to two wins from five starts.
Ire rallied from last at the top of the stretch to get up for second in the seven-horse field. It was another 1 ¾ lengths back to third-place finisher Emona. Lotta Lovin, the 9-10 betting favorite, could do no better than fourth, followed by Sabrina's Dance, Atlantic Top and Nighofsolance to complete the order of finish.
St. Louis City paid $38.40, $16.40 and $10. Ire returned $7 and $4.60. Emona paid $7.80.