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Some of the stars of the 3-year-old racing class of 1997 returned to the stage yesterday and did not exactly prosper. Silver Charm, who won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness a year ago, was outrun by Awesome Again in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. And at Belmont Park, both Ordway and Behrens ran out of the money while Subordination was driving through the mud to win the Brooklyn Handicap.Silver Charm was running for the first time since winning the Dubai World Cup by a nose two and a half months ago. The big gray returned to the scene of his Derby success as the favorite to win his fourth straight this year.''He wasn't cranked up all the way yet, but he's such a great horse,'' said Bob Baffert, his trainer. ''We're looking down the road for him.''Silver Charm proved great enough to add another line to his remarkable record: he has finished first or second in all 14 races he has run. But he was denied first place in the Foster when Awesome Again zoomed through on the inside just when it appeared that Silver Charm had taken charge in the homestretch under his regular jockey, Gary Stevens.As they crossed, Awesome Again had more than a length on Silver Charm, with Semoran third. The winner ran the mile in 1 minute 36 seconds under Pat Day, returned $13.50 for a $2 bet to win and earned $450,000 of the purse, which had been raised to $750,000 to make it worthwhile for Silver Charm.Race video donated by Jeff Mende..

Author: partymanners
Keywords: churchiil downs horse racing pat day awesome again silver charm gary stevens bob baffert semoran robb
Added: March 30, 2009