Rachel Cruises

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Stakes Results

Rachel Alexandra (Medaglia d'Oro - Lotta Kim by Roar) continues to roll, taking the Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) with the greatest of ease. She was off well, took the lead early on and then just cruised. Forget about the margin or the time, Calvin Borel geared her down early. She won as she pleased. Rachel is scary good. Enjoy the replay and read more about the race here.

The Florida Oaks (gr. III) ended up with the top three finishers from Suncoast, finishing one-two-three again. But, this time it was Don't Forget Gil, who was third in the Suncoast, who made a late move to get the victory. Ameribelle (Medaglia d'Oro - Miz United States by Valid Appeal) tried to run her down, but came up short and Don't Forget Gil drew off. Ameribelle was, however, well-clear of third place finisher Rock Candy. Read more about the Florida Oaks here.

Jeranimo (Congaree - Jera by Jeblar) seemed to be overmatched in the San Felipe Stakes (gr. II), but he was not disgraced. He was never far off of the pace, came three wide and was just caught late for 2nd by Feisty Suances. Perhaps Jeranimo's finish was flattered by a somewhat lackadaisical performance by Pioneeerof the Nile, but Jeranimo is lightly-raced and there is still plenty of time for improvement. Grade II stakes-placed looks nice on a resume. Read more about the San Felipe here.

Warrior's Reward (Medaglia d'Oro - For All You Do by Seeking the Gold) was a bit of a disappointment in the Tampa Bay Derby (gr. III). He was in a good position early, but didn't do much with it. He ended up 8th. Was it the track or was he too close to the pace? Does this reflect in any way on the talents of Dunkirk (Warrior's Reward was 2nd to Dunkirk last time out). It is interesting to note that the 2nd and third place finishers (Join in the Dance and Justdontcallmejeri) were 35-1 and 43-1 respectfully. On the other hand, the winner, Musket Man, displayed a nice closing kick. Read more about the Tampa Bay Derby here.

Maiden Special Weight Results

Mona Quita Gets Quickly in Motion

Quick in Motion (Medaglia d'Oro) dueled with Britt Britt from the start. That one weakened a bit late, but the duel seemed to have taken something out of Quick in Motion as well. She drifted in the stretch, bumping with favorite Mona Quita, who was closing. This bump seemed to wake Quick in Motion up, as she tried to go after Mona Quita. But that one was too much for her and Quick in Motion had to settle for second.

Result: March 14, 2009
Sunland Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight

Mona Quita $3.80
$2.20
$2.10
Quick in Motion  
$4.00
$3.80
Shannon Sue  

$6.00

Equibase Chart

Kinsella Sweeps by them All

Homestead Strike set the early pace, with pressure from Proper Authority. Also near the front were Go Joe Go and Dr. Smarty Jack (Smarty Jones). Proper Authority hit the lead in the stretch, but Kinsella, the $2.2 million dollar yearling, was rolling on the outside. He went by them all to get the win. Also making up lots of ground late was Reb, who took the 2nd spot. Dr. Smarty Jack hung in well, despite having to steady and finished 4th. Our other entrant, Custers Last Stand (Congaree) was not involved much, and beat only the fading Go Joe Go.

Result: March 14, 2009
Gulfstream Park Race 11
Maiden Special Weight

Kinsella $14.20
$7.80
$6.60
Reb  
$9.80
$5.00
Proper Authority  

$9.00

Equibase Chart

Other Results for March 14

The Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Laurel featuring Perfect Song (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Prospector's Song by Prospector's Music) and Tone It Down (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Chattin by Rollicking) was reduced to a field of four, with one early scratch and one late scratch. Perfect Song went to the lead, and Tone It Down soon joined him. Perfect Song maintained a steady 2 length lead on Tone It Down to get the victory as the heavy favorite. Tone It Down was a good 17 lengths in front of the other two. It was good to see Perfect Song back in the winner's circle, but it's hard to evaluate his abilities in such a short field. By the way, Perfect Song did not switch leads in the stretch. I don't remember if he had an issue with this before.

Jersey Town (colt; Speightstown - Jersey Girl by Belong to Me) was successful in his Maiden Claiming debut at Gulfstream. He was involved from the beginning, and then slowly gained command. He defeated favorite Greatbillsoffire by a clear length.

Dial Four Peace (gelding: Peace Rules - Four O One Katie by Marquetry) went right to the lead in his Maiden Claiming race at Golden Gate. He broke free from the pack, building up a 6th length advantage. Chumash Joe made a run at him, but Dial Four Peace had enough left to hang on by a half-length.

Anaan (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Parisian Deputy by French Deputy) was sitting just off the pacesetters in third, but tired late to finish 5th in his Allowance/Optional Claiming race.

Lucy to the Max (Birdstone - I Dream by Wajima) was scratched out of the Scottsdale at Turf Paradise and will presumably go in the Maiden race on Monday instead. The winner of the Scottsdale was Woody's Bluff.

D'oro Diablo (colt; Medaglia d'Oro - Dancehall Floozy by Paramount Jet) stayed in the barn from the MTO list, as his race stayed on the turf.

Entries for March 15

Pleasant Sister will be Chasing Daylight to See the Forest

March 15, 2009
Aqueduct Race 2
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3 year old fillies
Post Time: 1:29 PM ET

P Horse
1. Gentle Ride
2. First to Come Home
3. Chasing Daylight
4. See the Forest
5. Reforestation
6. Pleasant Sister

Pleasant Sister (Pleasantly Perfect - Jaded by Gone West) makes her 2nd start, after finishing 5th first time out, while running 6 furlongs at Aqueduct on February 15. The winner of that race, Purrfect Bluff finished 5th in the Cicada Stakes at Aqueduct on March 14. Pleasant Sister is out of the winning mare Jaded, who has produced 2 winners. Jaded is a daughter of grade I winner Urbane.

Reforestation (Forestry - Wacky Becky by Gone West) finished 2nd, in front of Pleasant Sister, on February 15 at Aqueduct. She has run 5 total times, finishing 2nd three times. Reforestation is out of stakes winner Wacky Becky. Wacky Becky has produced one winner.

See the Forest (Forestry - Critical Eye by Dynaformer) has made 6 starts. Her best finish was 2nd at Aqueduct on December 7, while running 5.5 furlongs. See the Forest's most recent effort came on January 30 at Aqueduct, where she finished 6th at a mile. Her dam, Critical Eye, was a grade I winner who earned $1,060,984. Critical Eye has produced the winner Windication.

First to Come Home (Came Home - Offtheoldblock by A. P. Indy) has made one start, finishing 9th at Saratoga on August 28. She is a half-sister to grade III stakes winner Z Humor, who has earned $657,665 through 2009. First to Come Home sold for $27,000 as a yearling and $65,000 at 2.

Completing the field are unraced entrants Gentle Ride (Mutakddim - Rhythm of Dance by Pleasant Colony) and Chasing Daylight (Seeking Daylight - Gallaslass by Gallapiat). Gentle Ride sold for $15,000 as a yearling, and $85,000 as a 2-year old. Her dam, Rhythm of Dance, has produced three winners from three to run. Chasing Daylight is out of the winning mare Gallaslass, who earned $154,825. Gallaslass was a debut winner, and has produced 5 winners from 5 to run. One of Chasing Daylight's siblings was a debut winner.

The Best is Ahead for Doo Woppa Do

March 15, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 6
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 4:50 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Doo Woppa Do
2. Apple Strudel
3. Joanie's Jewel
4. Wanda Nevada
5. Best Ahead
6. Nala's Pride
7. Cats
8. Successful Slew
9. Meela
10. A. J.'s Love

Doo Woppa Do (Medaglia d'Oro - Doo Wop by Dynaformer) has run twice in her career, finishing 10th on January 8 and 11th on February 12. Both races were at a mile and a sixteenth at Oaklawn. This time, she'll shorten up to 6 furlongs. She sold for $240,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 2 winners. Her dam, Doo Wop, is a half-sister to grade III winner Darby Shuffle and 7 winners, and a full-sister to stakes winner Beat All.

Nala's Pride (Lion Heart - Erica's Dream by Two's a Plenty) finished 7th on February 12 at Oaklawn, in front of Doo Woppa Do. Since then, she finished 6th at Oaklawn on March 5. She also made 4 starts at 2, recording a 2nd and two thirds. Erica's Dream, dam of Nala's Pride, was a grade III winner who earned $641,467. She has produced 3 winners, including grade III winner Adreamisborn.

Successful Slew (Successful Appeal - Cherylville Slew by Evansville Slew), A. J.'s Love (Lion Heart - Bella Bella Bella by Soft Gold (BRZ)), and Apple Strudel (More Than Ready - Special Gift by Seattle Slew) met on February 26, in a 6 furlong race at Oaklawn Park. Successful Slew was 2nd, A. J.'s Love was 6th, and Apple Strudel was 8th. Cherylville Slew, dam of Successful Slew, was a stakes winner who earned $329,780. Successful Slew is her first foal. A. J.'s Love did her previous racing at Arlington Park, where she was 3rd on July 26, and 4th on August 23. She sold for $50,000 as a yearling, and is out of grade III winner Bella Bella Bella. Bella Bella Bella earned $129,350 in a 7 race career. Apple Strudel is out of the winning mare Special Gift. Special Gift has produced 4 winners.

Best Ahead (Trippi - Inthemiddleofitall by Proper Reality) ran in a different 6 furlong race at Oaklawn on February 26, finishing 5th. It was her first and only start. She sold for $27,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to three winners, including stakes winner Slew Motion, and Concerto's Crown, a grade I winner in Puerto Rico.

The last filly with experience is Cats (Storm Cat - Blissful by Mr. Prospector), who has run 5 times. Her best finish was third at Churchill Downs on November 9. Her last start came on January 25 in a 6 furlong Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Oaklawn, in which she finished 4th. Cats, who sold for $875,000 as a yearling, is out of a full-sister to champion Fusaichi Pegasus. Cats is a full-sister to 2 winners.

Wanda Nevada (Not For Love - Hillbilly Boogie (IRE) by Storm Bird) sold for $55,000 as a weanling. She is out of the winning mare Hillbilly Boogie, who has produced 2 winners. One of Wanda Nevada's siblings was a debut winner.

Joanie's Jewel (Holy Bull - Hollow Miss by With Approval) was a $40,000 yearling, and is out of stakes winner Hollow Miss. Hollow Miss earned $268,475 in a 25 race career. Hollow Miss has produced 4 winners, including grade III winner He's Got Grit. He's Got Grit was a debut winner who earned $291,255 in his career.

Meela (Albert the Great - Time to Bluff by Pine Bluff) is out of stakes-placed Time to Bluff, who earned $109,315 in her career. Time to Bluff has produced the winner Nootka Sound.

Broadway Bertie will Weave a Web and send Sparks Flying

March 15, 2009
Fair Grounds Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
About One Mile Turf
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:09 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Weave a Web
2. Sparks Flying
3. Llamrei
4. Twice Struck Gold
5. Tale of the South
6. Pearling
7. One More Verse
8. Letithappentiger
9. Cassidy Street
10. Diamond Gavel
11. Sidle
12. High Quail
MTO Broadway Bertie
AE Oakshela

Broadway Bertie (Pleasantly Perfect - Alltheway Bertie by Alwuhush by Nureyev) is on the MTO list for the one, but the way the track looked on Saturday, I think she has a good chance of running. If it is run on the dirt, it will be run at a mile.Broadway Bertie has run once, finishing 5th at 6 furlongs at Fair Grounds on February 16. In that race, she rallied late. Let's see if the extra distance changes the outcome. Stakes winner Alltheway Bertie, dam of Broadway Bertie, earned $233,065. Alltheway Bertie has produced 2 winners, including grade III winner Thunder Bertie.

AE entrant Oakshela (Mineshaft - Pocus Hocus by Quiet American), One More Verse (Victory Gallop - Reflect the Music by A. P. Indy), Letithappentiger (Hold That Tiger - Letithappencaptain by Captain Bodgit), Weave a Web (Mineshaft - Spin Room by Spinning World), and Twice Struck Gold (Gold Legend - Dynastepper by Dynaformer) met at Fair Grounds on February 15 in a mile and a sixteenth race in the mud. Oakshela was 2nd, One More Verse was 3rd, Letithappentiger was 6th, Weave a Web 7th, and Twice Struck Gold 8th (eased). Weave a Web, Twice Struck Gold, and Oakshela also met on the Fair Grounds turf on January 26, with Weave a Web taking 2nd, Twice Struck Gold 3rd, and Oakshela 4th. Oakshela and Twice Struck Gold also finished 2nd and 3rd on the yielding Fair Grounds turf on December 21. Oakshella has run 5 total times, finishing 2nd twice. Oakshela sold for $290,000 as a yearling, and is the first foal out of grade III winner Pocus Hocus. Pocus Hocus earned $407,802 and is a half-sister to 3 winners. One More Verse, who sold for $16,000 as a yearling, is out of stakes winner Reflect the Music, who earned $219,708. Reflect the Music is the dam of 2 winners, including grade II stakes-placed Racecar Rhapsody. One of her offspring won on the turf. Letithappentiger has made 5 starts, including 3 on the turf. Her best finish was a 4th on the Fair Grounds turf on January 26. Letithappentiger, who sold for $20,000 as a yearling, is the first foal out of Letithappencaptain, who was a stakes winner on the turf and dirt. Weave a Web has made 2 additional starts, finishing 5th at Fair Grounds on December 18, and 6th at Churchill Downs on November 1. Weave a Web is out of the unraced mare Spin Room, who is a half-sister to grade II winner Forest Camp, and grade III winner Spanish Empire. Spin Room is also a half-sister to the Smarty Jones' filly Kiddari. Twice Struck has run 7 times, including 5 turf starts. She has finished 2nd once, and 3rd three times. Twice Struck Gold, is out of a winning mare who has produced 5 winners, including stakes winner Born Wild Again.

High Quail (Tiznow - Lake Travis by Seattle Slew) has run three times. Her best finish was 3rd on December 18 at Fair Grounds (in front of Weave a Web). Most recently, she was 4th while running a mile at Fair Grounds on February 8. All of her starts have been on the dirt. She sold for $160,000 as a yearling, and is a half-sister to 3 winners, including stakes winner Orange Crush.

Tale of the South (Tale of the Cat - Twigazuri by Dixieland Band) has run twice, both times on the dirt at Fair Grounds. In her most recent start, at a mile on January 30, she finished 3rd after setting the pace. Tale of the South was a $30,000 yearling, and is out of the winning mare Twigazuri. Twigazuri is the dam of 3 winners, including grade II winner Futural. Futural was a stakes winner on the turf and dirt, and earned $816,107.

Sidle (Seeking the Gold - Maid for Walking (GB) by Prince Sabo (GB)) has run once, finishing 3rd at 6 furlongs on the Fair Grounds dirt on January 30. She is out of Maid for Walking, who was group III stakes-placed on the turf. Maid for Walking has produced turf stakes winner Patrol and Stroll, a grade I winner on the turf, as well as 4 other winners.

Diamond Gavel (Rossini - Diamonds and Jade by Naevus) most recently finished 8th at 5.5 furlongs on the Fair Grounds turf on March 1. Previously, she had run 4 times at Suffolk Downs, with her best finish a 4th on August 2. Diamonds and Jade, dam of Diamond Gave, was a winner at ages 2 through 6. She has produced 2 winners, including Gie who was stakes-placed.

Cassidy Street (Street Cry (IRE) - Wende by Herat) is making her 2009 debut. She ran twice in 2008, both times on the dirt at Prairie Meadows, finishing 5th on June 23 and 7th on July 28. She is out of turf stakes winner Wende, who has produced 2 winners.

The remaining fillies are unraced, including Pearling (Storm Cat - Mariah's Storm by Rahy), who is a full-sister to group I turf winner, multimillionaire, and top sire Giant's Causeway. Pearling is also a full-sister to You'resothrilling, a group II winner on the turf. Pearling's dam, Mariah's Storm, was a grade II winner on the dirt and a stakes winner on the turf, who earned $724,895 in her career. She was also a debut winner.

Sparks Flying (Najran - Diamonds Sparkle by Skip Away) sold for $16,000 as a 2-year old, and is the 2nd foal out of the unraced mare Diamonds Sparkle. Diamonds Sparkle's first foal, Hot as Ice, is a winner. Diamonds Sparkle is a half-sister to grade III winner Aucilla.

Llamrei (Dynaformer - Dandanna (IRE) by Linamix (FR)) is out of the debut turf winning mare Dandanna. Dandanna has produced the winner Centaurus, who was stakes-placed on the turf. Dandanna is a half-sister to Courteous, a group II winner on the turf.

Indemand for Mindy Sue because She's a Wow

March 15, 2009
Oaklawn Park Race 8
Maiden Special Weight
6 furlongs
3-year old fillies
Post Time: 5:44 PM ET HRTV

P Horse
1. Go Milan Go
2. High Lion
3. Go Go Burns
4. Myhannahbanana
5. Sunset Trail
6. Indemand
7. Instant Style
8. Mindy Sue
9. Sky Blue Sky
10. She's a Wow

Indemand (Saarland - One Bad Cat by Mountain Cat) and Mindy Sue (Pleasantly Perfect - Drifa by Tabasco Cat) make their third starts, while She's a Wow (Speightstown - Venetian Glass by Deputy Minister) is running for the 4th time, and the first time in 2009. Indemand finished 10th at Oaklawn on February 12, and 9th at that track on March 5. She sold for $57,000 as a weanling, and $90,000 as a yearling. She is out of the winning mare One Bad Cat. One Bad Cat has produced 3 winners from 4 to run, including grade III winner El Gato Malo. Mindy Sue ran at Keeneland in her debut on October 25, finishing 3rd, and then finished 2nd at Oaklawn Park on February 6. Mindy Sue sold for $35,000 as a yearling, and is out of the winning mare Drifa. Drifa has produced the winner Drift to the Lead. Drifa is a half-sister to grade III winner Whimsy. A $290,000 yearling, She's a Wow debuted at Philadelphia Park on August 31, finishing 6th. She then finished 2nd in 2 Delaware Park starts on October 18 and November 2. She's a Wow is the first foal out of a mare who is a half-sister to 9 winners, including grade II stakes winners Esteemed Friend and Badouizm.

Instant Style (Forestry - Golden Damsel by Gold Token) was in Mindy Sue's February 6 race at Oaklawn, but she lost her rider coming out of the gate. Previously, she was 2nd on August 10, and then finished 6th in the slop on September 6. Both races were at Delaware Park. Golden Damsel, the dam of Instant Style, was a stakes winner, who earned $241,502. Instant Style is her first foal.

High Lion (Lion Hearted - Highest Offer by Roar) is making her 3-year old debut. She ran 6 times last year, including 4 races on the turf. She finished 3rd twice. She is the first foal out of the winning mare Highest Offer. Highest Offer is a half-sister to 9 winners including grade III winner Upper Noosh.

Sky Blue Sky (Sky Mesa - One O Seven by Vice Regent) is also making her 2009 debut. She ran 4 times in Kentucky at 2, finishing 3rd at Turfway Park on September 27. Sky Blue Sky, who brought $14,000 as a yearling, is out of the stakes winner One O Seven. O One Seven has produced 2 winners, including Delilah's Seven, a full sister to Sky Blue Sky.

The final filly with experience is Go Go Burns (Storm Cat - Ticket to Houston by Houston), who was 7th in her only start, on February 16 at Fair Grounds. Stakes winner Ticket to Houston, dam of Go Go Burns, earned $147,450. Ticket to Houston has produced 6 winners, including stakes winner Mambo Train and grade II winner Runway Model. Ticket to Houston also has a Ghostzapper 2-year old colt named Muhaaseb.

Go Milan Go (Broken Vow - Bookaparty by Mari's Book) is out of the winning mare Bookaparty. Bookaparty has produced 3 winners, including stakes winners Timetobook and Irish Party. All three of her winners won their debuts.

Myhannahbanana (Storm Boot - Slewance by Dee Lance) is out of stakes winner Slewance, who earned $145,018. Slewance has produced 2 winners from 2 to run.

Sunset Trail (Pine Bluff - Asticou by A. P. Indy) is the first foal out of the placed mare Asticou. Asticou is a half-sister to 4 winners, including stakes winner Art Museum, grade III winner Cherokee, and grade II winner Lil's Lad. Lil's Lad is by Pine Bluff, sire of Sunset Trail.

Also in Action March 15

Rule of Motion (colt; Peace Rules - Poetic Motion by Green Dancer) faces 7 in a mile and 70 yard Allowance race at Philadelphia Park, post time 2:56 PM ET. Rule of Motion last ran on February 7 at Philadelphia Park in an Allowance race finishing 2nd. Overall, he has run 6 times, recording 2 wins, 2 seconds, and earning $51,690.

Mein Fraulein (filly; Saarland - Adena's Girl by Personal Flag) last ran on February 28 at Oaklawn and picked up a nice maiden win. She now faces 7 in an Allowance/Optional Claiming race at Oaklawn, post time 5:17 PM ET. She'll break from post 5 and is not in for a tag.

Me You and Her (filly; Smarty Jones - Toi Et Moi by Deputy Minister), who broke her maiden by 6 in her last start on January 5 at Philadelphia Park, faces winners for the first time in a Claiming race at that track. She'll break from post 4, in this 5.5 furlong race, the same distance as her maiden win. Post time is 1:12 PM ET.

Darlin Saarland (filly; Saarland - Rahy's Darlin by Rahy) is at it again, after finishing 9th on March 1, and 6th on March 7. This time, she'll go 6 furlongs in a Maiden Special Weight contest at Fonner, post time 3:30 PM ET.

Perfectionism (colt; Pleasantly Perfect - Soldera by Polish Numbers) is 2nd on the AE list for a mile Maiden Claiming race at Golden Gate, post time 6:15 PM ET. Perfectionism has run twice, most recently finishing 11th on the Santa Anita turf on February 20.

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Draynay

Its time for someone to say it.  Rachel Alexandra can win the Kentucky Derby.  No horse in the hunt has the experience or success she does at Churchill.  Friesan Fire ran a full second slower than Rachel until she was pulled us long before the wire.  She has shown talent few have been able to show this year.  Its time to realize a filly could be the best 3 year old.

15 Mar 2009 11:35 AM
Clay

Yes Dray, this filly is the fastest 3 year old, but let us not get our hopes up to high. Our family knows the trainer personally and he may not get this horse in too deep right now. Considering that the owner doesn't really need the money and the fact that the circus that followed the EB tragedy last year may turn his focus to filly races only. His main target is the Kentucky Oaks, and the grueling nature of the derby trail has got him thinking seriously about training this filly up to that race. But personally I'd like to see him go for it. He is such a good friend and person he deserves this kind of horse and the chance to be in the KD.

15 Mar 2009 8:33 PM
Draynay

Clay... if your family knows the trainer tell him the country needs a hero.  Now more than ever Rachel Alexandra needs to be given a chance to show everyone a great filly can compete and win.  If the owner doesn't need the money give her a chance in the Arkansas Derby.  Let her prove she belongs and give the sport the shot in the arm it needs.  

15 Mar 2009 10:19 PM
John T.

Now and again a filly comes along that gives you that ''Ruffian''kind of feeling and Rachel Alexandra is certainly one of those kind of fillies

15 Mar 2009 10:28 PM
The Wizard

She's the most impressive filly I have seen since Ruffian. Same running style...goes to the front and just pours it on and buries the field.

Her time Saturday was about the same as Friesan Fire. And while burying the field in the La. Derby he was kept to a steady hand ride to the wire, while she was pulled up 1/16 mile before the wire. Impressive indeed.

The feeling here is that she'll bury Stardom Bound the same way if they both go in the Kentucky Oaks. Maybe Zenyatta and the colts too down the road..

Great year for the distaff side...Zenyatta, Proud Spell, Stardom Bound and Rachel Alexandra.

15 Mar 2009 11:14 PM
Clay

Dray, i agree with you totally. Now that Old Fashioned is proven vulnerable, Rachel would probably go favored in the Ar. Derby. The connections are remaining very quiet right now and I can't get a clear answer. But pressure from the outside may prove to be the formula for getting this filly to run with the boys. I will keep everybody up to date as soon as I hear something.

16 Mar 2009 8:10 AM

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