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Kentucky Kris Falls to Upstart from Puerto Rico

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Feb. 11. 2008 — The unknown Sir Pyy out of Puerto Rico pulled off the upset Sunday against St. Thomas favorite Kentucky Kris, shattering Clinton Phipps' old 1:22:4 track record and replacing it with a time of 1:08:4.
The champ looked like a shell of his former self, not even placing second, but fourth in the feature race of the day. As they broke the gate, Sir Pyy took the lead, but Kentucky Kris — who started the race in third — seemed to be making his move around the first bend and was less than a length away as they came down the first stretch.
But Sir Pyy never gave up his lead while Emilin and Natural Phenomenon made their move up the back. Down the final stretch, Sir Pyy and Natural Phenomenon were battling it out against the inside rail, but it was Sir Pyy, literally winning by a nose, who collected the $7,500 purse.
Vivid Cat came in a disappointing fifth to round out the group.
"This was no surprise to me," said Calvin Thomas, Sir Pyy's co-owner, said after the race. "I come here to win, and this horse came out running."
Covering a mile and 70-yards, Overpayment, Suave Smile, Braheem and Man the Torpedoes were all battling it out for the $4,500 purse in the next big race of the day. As they broke out the gate, Braheem took the early lead, followed closely by Overpayment and Man the Torpedoes. Coming down the first turn, Braheem still had a one horse-length lead, but Man the Torpedoes was beginning to pick up speed, passing Overpayment and coming down the back stretch, making it a two-horse race between Braheem and Man the Torpedoes.
Both horses were neck and neck as they made the final turn, and down the final stretch both jockeys were asking their horses to give them a little more. At the end, it was Braheem edging out Man the Torpedoes with a time of 1:45.
"Everything went as planned," Alfred Lockhart Jr., Braheem's co-owner, said after the race. "I told the jockey to take his time, but he knew what to do, so while the other horses were battling out from the three-furlong marker, we were relaxed, not worried at all — he had what he needed to finish the race and come out on top."

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