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Music Note Wins US Gr1 Beldame Stakes
Godolphin's star 4YO mare Music Note (A.P.Indy-Note Musicale, by Sadler's Wells) notched her 5th Gr1 triumph with a 2.25-lengths victory in the US$600,000 Gr1 Beldame Stakes (9 furlongs) for fillies & mares at Belmont Park. Music Note (ridden by Rajiv Maragh for trainer Saeed Bin Suroor) defeated 6YO mare Unbridled Belle (Broken Vow-Little Bold Belle, by Silver Buck) & 5YO mare Copper State (Jump Start-Orrefor, by Our Native). At her previous start, Kentucky-bred Music Note won August's Gr1 Ballerina Stakes (7 furlongs) at Saratoga; overall she now has 7 wins (also including 2008's Gr1 Mother Goose Stakes over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park, Gr1 Coaching Club American Oaks over 10 furlongs at Belmont Park & Gr1 Gazelle Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park) & 2 placings (in 2008's Gr1 Alabama Stakes over 10 furlongs at Saratoga & Gr1 Breeders' Cup Ladies Classic over 9 furlongs at Santa Anita) from 11 starts for US$1,417,000 earnings.