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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cheetah steps it up in the Robert G. Dick

Wilmington, Del., July 9, 2011 — Robert Scarborough’s Cheetah notched her first career Graded stakes victory in the $200,000 Grade III Robert G. Dick Memorial Stakes at Delaware Park today. With Jose Lezcano aboard, the 4-year-old daughter of Tiger Hill notched a 3 ¾-length in her third start in the North America. The Great Britain-bred conditioned by Christophe Clement returned $5.80 as the favorite in the field of twelve and covered the mile and three-eighths in 2.13.13 over a firm turf course.

Bubbly Jane, making her first start in over with a year with Kent Desormeaux aboard, finished second. It was another 1 ½-lengths further back to Dyna Waltz, with Julian Pimentel, in third. Ainamaa, with Abel Castellano Jr., set early fractions of 1:11.99 for the three-quarters and 1:36.85 for the mile before fading to fourth.

Cheetah improved her career record to four wins from nine starts with earnings of $209,932.

“Mr. Clement told me let her break and rate her where you can,” said winning rider Jose Lezcano. “In the stretch she had a fabulous kick and she is a very nice filly. At the quarter-pole everybody was looking a spot, but I had so much horse, I had to wait for the right moment to be clear. She was very impressive.”

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