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Makari takes Smithwick in U.S. debut
MAKARI FLIES THE FINAL fence en route to winning last Thursdays $100,000 A.P. Smithwick Memorial Chase at Saratoga in its debut race on American soil. - photo by Photo courtesy of NYRA
Merribelle Stable’s Makari, making his first U.S. start after a successful career in English jump racing, battled through Saratoga Race Course’s stretch with Demonstrative and won the head bob to take last Thursday’s $100,000 A. P. Smithwick Memorial (Gr. 1) by a nose. Pleasant Woodman, who set the pace to the final fence, finished third in an all-star field.Elizabeth Voss Murray, denied a victory by a nose a week earlier in the Jonathan Kiser Novice Stakes, was on the right end of the photo finish this time to notch her first stakes win and first Grade 1 win since taking over the stable of her father, Tom Voss, who died suddenly in January.Makari is owned by the Merriebelle combine of National Steeplechase Association board member Charles Noell and John Moores.

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