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Bel Air Handicap Rahy Flirts With World Record, Settles for Win
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Los Angeles Times (pre-1997 Fulltext) - Los Angeles, Calif.
Author: Bill, Christine
Date: Jul 17, 1989
Start Page: 14
Section: Sports; 3; Sports Desk
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[Rahy] missed Greinton's track record, set in 1985, by two-fifths of a second, and Jon White's chart footnotes for the Daily Racing Form supported [Gary Stevens]' world-record speculation. In part, they read: " . . . (Rahy) continued drawing off in the final furlong, was taken in hand in the last sixteenth (of a mile) when he had a commanding advantage, drifted in to nearly brush the inner rail in deep stretch and most likely could have won by a larger margin."

Running on his own, Rahy cruised past the leaders, Super Surgeon and Mi Preferido, at the start of the far turn and all Stevens had to do was accompany him the rest of the way. Super Surgeon ran the first half-mile in 44 seconds before finishing last and Rahy's six-furlong time was 1:08 3/5-three-fifths of a second slower than the track record-before he covered the final quarter of a mile in :24 2/5.

Gary Stevens also won the $63,400 Bastille Day Handicap at Hollywood Park Sunday with Art Work, who had only beaten maidens in seven previous races. Art Work, like Rahy, is a grandson of Halo, and he paid $7.60 to win after beating favored Live the Dream by one length. . . . Stevens compares Rahy to a quarter horse. "He's short, but he's well put together and has a big rear end," the jockey said. "He's got a long stride and a real fluid motion."

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