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Gio Ponti Wins US Gr1 Shadwell Turf Mile
In the US, shuttler Tale Of The Cat (Storm Cat-Yarn, by Mr Prospector) added a Gr1 triumph when 6YO entire, 2010 US Champion Turf Male & both 2009's US Champion Older Male & Champion Turf Male Gio Ponti (Tale Of The Cat-Chipeta Springs, by Alydar) notched his 7th career Gr1 victory (plus 8 Gr1-placings) with a half-length margin in the US$600,000 Gr1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes (8 furlongs on turf) at Keeneland in Kentucky to take this race for the 2nd successive year. Gio Ponti (ridden by Ramon Dominguez for trainer Christophe Clement) defeated 5YO entire Get Stormy (Stormy Atlantic-Foolish Gal, by Kiri's Clown) & front-running 4YO entire Sidney’s Candy (Candy Ride-Fair Exchange, by Storm Cat). Kentucky-bred Gio Ponti took his record to 12 wins (also including 2010’s Gr1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes over 8 furlongs at Keeneland & Gr1 Man O' War Stakes over 9.5 furlongs at Belmont Park, plus 2009's Gr1 Arlington Million Stakes over 10 furlongs at Arlington Park, Gr1 Frank Kilroe Mile Handicap over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, Gr1 Woodford Reserve Manhattan Handicap over 10 furlongs at Belmont Park & Gr1 Man O' War Stakes over 11 furlongs at Belmont, as well as 2008's Gr2 Virginia Derby over 10 furlongs at Colonial Downs, Gr3 Hill Prince Stakes over 8 furlongs at Belmont Park & Listed Sir Beaufort Stakes over 8 furlongs at Santa Anita, in addition to 2007's Listed Woodford Reserve Bourbon Stakes over 8.5 furlongs at Keeneland) & 11 placings (including August’s Gr1 Arlington Million Stakes over 10 furlongs at Arlington Park, July’s Gr1 Man O’War Stakes over 11 furlongs at Belmont Park & June’s Gr1 Manhattan Handicap over 10 furlongs at Belmont Park, plus 2010’s Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Mile over 8 furlongs at Churchill Downs, Gr1 Arlington Million over 10 furlongs at Arlington Park & Gr1 Manhattan Handicap over 10 furlongs at Belmont Park, as well as 2009's Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic over 10 furlongs at Santa Anita & Gr1 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational Stakes over 12 furlongs at Belmont Park, in addition to 2008's Gr2 Jamaica Handicap over 9 furlongs at Belmont Park & Gr2 Del Mar Derby over 9 furlongs) from 26 starts for over US$6,049,800 earnings.