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HRN's Favorite Races of 2012

 

#12 Cotillion - Matt Shifman - New York State of Racing

September 22, 2012. My Miss Aurelia, ridden by Corey Nakatani and trained by Steve Asmussen, wins the 43rd running of the Grade 1 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing on Cotillion/PA Derby Day. Questing (inside), Irad Ortiz Jr. up, is second. (Joan Fairman Kanes/Eclipse Sportswire)
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As a blogger for Horse Racing Nation I was very lucky to see many great races in 2013, from Belmont to Saratoga to Santa Anita for the Breeders’ Cup. However my favorite race happened in September at Parx Race Track in the Cotillion.

The Cotillion matched up the summer’s hottest filly, QUESTING, who was coming off two grade one wins at Saratoga, with last year’s two year-old champion, MY MISS AURELIA. Many experts considered Questing’s performance in the Alabama one of the most visually impressive victories of the year. My Miss Aurelia had just come back to races with a handy win in an overnight stake at Saratoga.

Questing got to lead and was able to set a very comfortable pace and she seemed to have everything going her way. My Miss Aurelia made her move on the outside as the pair rounded the turn into the stretch. The champ showed tremendous determination as the two battled head to head down the stretch and the Stonestreet/George Bolton runner got up by a head.