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Gold Goes For The Gold

Formal Gold, a 4-year-old colt, outran Skip Away and Will’s Way to win the $500,000 Woodward at Belmont Park by 5-1/2 lengths.

Formal Gold ran the mile and an eighth in 1:47-2/5, returned $4.50 for a $2 bet to win as the favorite and went home with $300,000. Skip Away earned $100,000 and went home with career income of almost $4 million.

Jockey Chelsea Zupan etched her way into the record book with an unprecedented seven-race winning streak at Emerald Downs. She won four races Thursday and three Friday before finishing 10th, and last, in the sixth race Friday.

The seven straight is the first of its kind in the Northwest and believed to be a national record for a female, too.

Geri, an American-bred 8-1 shot, came on strong from the far outside to capture the inaugural $500,000 Woodbine Mile Stakes in Toronto by 1 lengths. Gentleman, one of North America’s top thoroughbreds and the 2-5 favorite for trainer Richard Mandella, finished fifth after a sluggish start.

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