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4/30/13

Maggi Moss’s Delaunay, a Maryland-bred son of Smoke Glacken who swept all three of Fair Grounds’ major stakes for older sprinters, was named Horse of the Meet and sprinter of the meet for the 141st Thoroughbred racing season.

Delaunay’s perfect meet record included victories in the $100,000 Thanksgiving Handicap, $75,000 F.W. Gaudin Memorial and $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner. His final time of 1:08.32 in the Kenner was the fastest six furlongs run at Fair Grounds since 2002.

Horse of the Meet and divisional honors were determined by a vote of media and racing officials. Other division winners included Revolutionary, Believe You Can and Mark Valeski.

Trained by Tom Amoss, the 6-year-old gelding has been working steadily at Churchill Downs for a probable start in the $400,000 Churchill Downs Stakes-G2 at 7 furlongs on
Kentucky Derby Day, May 4.

Delaunay is the first sprinter to win Horse of the Meet at Fair Grounds since the filly Hallowed Dreams earned that honor at the 2000-2001 stand.

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