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Mor Spirit powers to Essex H. win
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Mor Spirit powers to Essex H. win
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Mor Spirit shook off the strong challenge of Madefromlucky to take Saturday's $250,000 Essex H. at Oaklawn Park by about 2 1/2-lengths to give Bob Baffert his first-ever win in the 1 1/16-mile race.

Mor Spirit got into a three-way tussle for the lead right out of the gate, with Shotgun Kowboy to his inside and Madefromlucky on his outside. The trio remained side-by-side for the first quarter-mile when Madefromlucky began to take back off the quick pace.

Mor Spirit began to edge away from Shotgun Kowboy on the turn, while Madefromlucky began to re-appear on the scene. In the stretch, Mor Spirit kicked into another gear to pull away in the final furlong, with Domain's Rap nosing out Madefromlucky for the place spot.

β€œI was really happy where I was at,” winning jockey Mike Smith said of dueling for the lead early. β€œHe put me right into the race. I actually was going to try and be a little more aggressive and take the lead. But he was in such a good rhythm where he was, I was happy with that. Heading for home, a horse came up to his outside, he dug in and I just stayed a little busy on him. Just because it's his first time here. You're so close to the crowd here, which is pretty cool but sometimes it will get a horse looking around a little bit. So I just stayed more or less just after him to keep his attention, and he won very nice today.” 

Owned by Michael Peterson, Mor Spirit is now 4-5-0 in 11 starts and has earned $886,400. The 4-year-old son of Eskendereya won the CashCall Futurity (G1) at 2 and the Robert B. Lewis S. (G3) as a 3-year-old.

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