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Little Mike Wins US Gr1 Woodford Reserve Classic
Front-running 5YO gelding Little Mike (Spanish Steps-Hay Jude, by Wavering Monarch) scored a 2.5-lengths victory in the US$560,000 Gr1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic (9 furlongs on turf) for 4YOs & up at Churchill Downs. Little Mike (ridden by Joe Bravo for trainer Dale Romans) defeated UK-bred 4YO gelding Slim Shadey (Val Royal-Vino Veritas, by Chief's Crown) & 4YO entire Brilliant Speed (Dynaformer-Speed Succeeds, by Gone West). Little Mike took his record to 10 wins (also including January's Listed Sunshine Millions Turf Stakes over 9 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, plus 2011's Gr3 Appleton Handicap over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, Gr3 Canadian Turf Handicap over 8 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & Listed Fort Lauderdale Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park) & 2 runners-up (including 2010's Listed Monarch's Maze Stakes over 8 furlongs at Aqueduct) from 17 starts for US$830,412 earnings.