Tested the length of the stretch by Noosito, Stryker Phd showed his mettle with a hard-fought three-quarter length victory in 1:40.75 for 1 1/16 miles.
Three winners from last year's Washington Cup Day at Emerald Downs returned with victories on this year's day for state-breds Sept. 7, when an exciting 2-year-old also showcased his talent.
Jockey Ricky Frazier and 7-year-old gelding Noosa Beach -- who combined for a dominating victory in the 2010 Longacres Mile Handicap (gr. III) -- retired simultaneously in a winner's circle ceremony July 3.
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