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Ermine Wins US Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap
In the older females' division 4YO mare Ermine (Exchange Rate-Red Mischief, by Thirty Six Red) won impressively in the US$500,000 Gr1 Apple Blossom Handicap (8.5 furlongs) for mares 4YO & up at Oaklawn Park. Acccording to bloodhorse.com, making up for 3 prior runner-ups at Gr1 level "in the Kentucky Oaks in 2006 and the Santa Maria plus Santa Margarita at Santa Anita this season", the Ronny Werner-trained mare (ridden by Eddie Castro) defeated 6YO mare Take D' Tour (Tour D'Or-Cherry Flare, by Mr Washington) and 5YO mare Round Pond (Awesome Again-Gift Of Dance, by Trempelino). It was Ermine's 5th win in 13 outings.