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3rd at 4BEN ALI S.
(gr. III , 9f , to Dubious Miss, Kiss the Kid, defeating Just as Well, Palladio, Big Top, Ready Set, Timber Reserve ).
Favored Dubious Miss kept his Keeneland record perfect when he captured the April 18 Ben Ali Stakes (gr. III) at the Lexington track. The victory in the 11Ú8-mile race marked the first stakes victory for Dubious Miss, a 6-year-old gelding by E Dubai who won a 11Ú16-mile allowance race two years ago at Keeneland and returned last October to score in another allowance race at the same distance.
Dubious Miss, the 2-1 favorite in the Ben Ali, was ridden by Calvin Borel for trainer Paul McGee. Racing on the rail, Dubious Miss crossed the finish line 11Ú2 lengths in front of Kiss the Kid and covered the distance in 1:49.60.
The victory was worth $90,000 and increased Dubious MissÕ career earnings to $429,630. He has now won eight races in 19 career starts.
Dubious Miss is campaigned by David P. Holloway, a Louisville resident who is in the road construction supply business. Holloway, who bred the gelding in Kentucky, also campaigned three-time grade III victor Bet On Sunshine, who scored his major wins at Keeneland and Churchill Downs. The son of Bet Big also finished third in the BreedersÕ Cup Sprint (gr. I) in 1997 and 2000.
Holloway, who also raced Dubious MissÕ winning, stakes-placed dam Cryptoclover, bought the Mountain Cat mare for $30,000 at the 1997 Keeneland September yearling sale from Taylor Made Sales Agency, agent.
CryptocloverÕs dam, Miss Crypto (by Cryptoclearance), is a daughter of stakes winner Muskoka Weekend (by Nostrum), who is also the granddam of 2010 grade III victor No Such Word (by Canadian Frontier).
Cryptoclover has produced two other winners in addition to Dubious Miss, including $100,000-plus earner CarsonÕs Clover (by Lord Carson). Cryptoclover has been barren the last two years, most recently to the cover of E Dubai. Her last reported foal is a juvenile full sister to Miss Dubious. Kept at Upson Downs Farm, Cryptoclover is in foal to Eddington on a Feb. 21 cover.
E Dubai, the sire of 15 stakes winners, stands for $10,000 at Darley near Lexington.ÑE.M.
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