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Vote No Wins Juvenile Sprint, First Stakes Win for Sire

Vote No  said yes to winning his second race in as many starts

The son of Divisidero   surged inside the final furlong to win the $500,000 Juvenile Sprint Stakes (G3T) at Kentucky Downs Sept. 13. It also marks the first stakes win for his freshman sire.

The gelding came around the turn into the stretch third trying to provide a challenge to the leaders, Bledsoe  and Hedwig , but actually saw his deficit grow by nearly two lengths. Jockey Gerardo Corrales coaxed a little more out of his ride to reach the wire first. 

Hedwig finished second and Please Advise  rallied for third. Vote No paid $27.22 for a $2 win bet. 

Vote No broke his maiden at Presque Isle Downs Aug. 23. 

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Divisidero stands for $5,000 at Airdrie Stud in Midway, Ky.

Video: Pepsi Juvenile Sprint S. (BT)

Crown Imperial Powers Home in Untapable Stakes

In the co-featured $500,000 Untapable Stakes, 4 G Racing’s Crown Imperial  split horses under Ricardo Santana Jr. and finished powerfully for a convincing 1 1/4-length win over Copper Em , with a head back to Buttercream Babe  in third. 

Crown Imperial wins the 2023 Untapable Stakes at Kentucky Downs
Photo: Coady Photography

Crown Imperial wins the Untapable Stakes at Kentucky Downs

Crown Imperial was a 13-1 outsider in a field of 12 despite just missing in the Bolton Landing Stakes at Saratoga Race Course last time out. The Classic Empire   filly out of Mi Fiori (Congrats) likely would have won that day had she not been intimidated by Irad Ortiz Jr. waving his crop in front of Crown Imperial’s face as an intimidation tactic in the final strides. Ortiz and Amidst Waves  held on to win the photo by a nose. 

Ortiz was aboard Buttercream Babe in the Untapable but would not get a chance to deploy such tactics in the 6 1/2-furlong turf sprint for juvenile fillies, as Crown Imperial spurted through on the rail into the final sixteenth, well out of reach of any opposing rider. 

The final time was 1:16.33 and Crown Imperial, trained by John Ortiz, paid $29.46 to win. 

Classic Empire stands at Ashford Stud for an advertised $15,000.  

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