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It's not often that Gary Stevens thinks he is going to finish second, not when he is aboard the 1997 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Silver Charm.But the veteran jockey was ready to concede a runner-up finish as he watched Littlebitlively storm up the rail and take the lead with less than a furlong remaining in the $400,000 Clark Handicap yesterday in Louisville, Ky. Then his 4-year-old gray colt, who led most of the 1 1/8-mile race, charged ahead to reclaim the lead in the final strides and win the Grade II race by a head at Churchill Downs.Where it came from, I have no idea, Stevens said of the surge. I was just as surprised as anybody.Silver Charm, the 1-5 favorite, got the victory after disappointing second-place finishes on the same track in this year's Stephen Foster Handicap and the $5.12 million Breeders' Cup Classic. He paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 on a $2 bet.Race video donated by Jeff Mende..

Author: partymanners
Keywords: churchill downs horse racing silver charm bob baffert gary stevens wild rush Littlebitlively running stag
Added: April 26, 2009