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Pullyourfingerout pulls out a victory in $50,000 Aiken feature
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AIKEN -- Irvin S. Naylor’s Pullyourfingerout made a bold move on the final turn of Ford Conger Field, charged past pacesetter Birthday Beau, and drew away easily to win the $50,000 Budweiser Imperial Cup on Saturday, March 24, at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase.Ridden by Ross Geraghty, Irish-bred Pullyourfingerout won by 11 3/4 lengths over Mede Cahaba Stable’s Class Indian, who closed past Birthday Beau in the stretch. Owner-trainer Michele Sanger’s Birthday Beau finished third, 12 1/4 lengths farther back. Pullyourfingerout completed the Budweiser Imperial Cup’s two miles over National Fences in 3:50.40 on firm ground.The Budweiser Imperial Cup for novices --- horses in their first seasons of competition over fences --- was the featured event of the kick-off race meet on the National Steeplechase Association 2012 schedule.In the day’s other races, Magalen Bryant’s Classic Bridges won the $15,000 James Maloney maiden hurdle for trainer Neil Morris, who had Jacob Roberts up.