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Fisher stays red-hot with a score in Phipps Stakes
TAKE HER TOTHE TOP and jockey Xavier Aizpuru fly a fence en route to winning the $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes at Saratoga. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Arcadia Stable’s Take Her Tothe Top won her maiden steeplechase victory in spectacular fashion when the well-bred five-year-old mare pulled away to a 3 1/4-length victory in Saratoga Race Course’s $75,000 Mrs. Ogden Phipps Stakes for fillies and mares last Thursday.Take Her Tothe Top continued the Saratoga splurge of leading trainer Jack Fisher, who padded his lead in both the wins and earnings rankings with his third consecutive jumps victory of the young meet. Fisher trained the winners of both steeplechase races a week earlier, including Gil Johnston’s Mr. Hot Stuff in the $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1).Ridden by Xavier Aizpuru, Take Her Tothe Top was well back early as Riverdee Stable’s Lillehammer, trained in Camden by Kate Dalton raced out to a big lead under the trainer’s husband, Bernie Dalton, with Gregory Hawkins’ The Grey Express tracking her pace.