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Interpatation Wins US Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic
Former Vinery Stud shuttler Langfuhr (Danzig-Sweet Briar Too, by Briartic) added a US Gr1 triumph when 7YO gelding Interpatation (Langfuhr-Idealistic Cause, by Habitony) scored a 1-75-lengths victory in the US$600,000 Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes (12 furlongs on turf) at Belmont Park (after finishing runner-up in this same race last year & 3rd in 2007). Interpatation (ridden by Robby Albarado for trainer Robert Barbara) defeated 4YO entire Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) & UK-bred 6YO entire Grand Couturier (Grand Lodge-Lady Elgar, by Sadler's Wells) who won this race last year. Interpatation (a US$31,000 weanling at the 2002 Keeneland November Sale) now has 6 wins (also including both 2007 & 2006's Listed Larry Riviello President's Cup Stakes over 8 furlongs at Philadelphia Park, plus 2005's Gr3 Palm Beach Stakes over 9 furlongs at Gulfstream Park) & 15 placings (including 2008's Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes over 12 furlongs at Belmont, Gr1 Sword Dancer Invitational Handicap over 12 furlongs at Saratoga, Gr3 Pan American Handicap over 12 furlongs at Gulfstream Park & Listed PTHA Presidents's Cup Stakes over 9 furlongs at Philadelphia Park, plus 2007's Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational over 12 furlongs at Belmont & Gr2 Mac Diarmida Handicap over 11 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, as well as 2006's Gr2 Bernard Baruch Handicap over 9 furlongs at Saratoga & Listed Tampa Bay Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Tampa Bay Downs, in addition to 2005's Listed Colonial Turf Cup Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Colonial Downs) from 50 starts for US$1,156,630 earnings.