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Elghayoor broke her maiden in high style Sunday afternoon at Aqueduct Racetrack, taking the lead in midstretch and holding off her fast-closing stablemate Railtown Girl to win the 19th running of the $75,000 Dearly Precious by a half-length.


Confidently handled by jockey Eddie Castro, the 3-year-old homebred daughter of Ghostzapper was content to track favored Kiss the Lady and Cubicle Queen as they dueled through an opening quarter-mile in 23.17 seconds and a half in 47.60. Given her cue on the turn, Elghayoor found her best stride once straightened for home and swept past the favorite with just over 220 yards to go, with enough left to turn back the late run from Railtown Girl.


“When she broke, there was a little bit of bumping,” said Castro. “I steadied over there behind the two horses with speed and she got a nice position. In the stretch, she changed leads and had a nice kick in the last part.”


In scoring her first win after two runner-up finishes in maiden races at the Big A as a 2-year-old, Elghayoor completed six furlongs in 1:13.17.


The 5-2 second choice in the field of six, Elghayoor returned $7.30 for a $2 win bet and earned $45,000 for Shadwell Stable. With a record of 1-2-0 from three starts, she has now amassed $69,800.


“We’ve liked her all along; she ran some good seconds and had improved quite a bit,” said Art Magnuson, assistant to winning trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. “We were kind of high on her after her last second. Shadwell – Mr. [Rick] Nichols – is all for trying for the stakes, all the time, if it’s within reason. Which it was.”


Railtown Girl, third in the Ruthless last time out, was 5 ¾ lengths ahead of Kiss the Lady, with True Fortune, Maggiesfreuddnslip and Cubicle Queen completing the order of finish.


“Railtown Girl ran so big, she deserved to win, too,” said Magnuson of the Candy Ride filly, who is owned by Cam Allard. “We’ll run her back in the next one we can find.”


Elghayoor’s victory came in the fourth leg of a Pick 6 sequence in which there was only one winning favorite, triggering a two-day carryover of $109,674 into Monday’s 10-race holiday card beginning with race 5.




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